Saturday, January 22, 2011

Three Points

I found these in the comments (by "catholicmidwest") on this post over at Fr. Z's and thought they were great. The Vatican and the bishops really need to get this through their heads:
1) Continuing to do exactly what you’ve been doing but expecting the outcome to be totally different = the definition of stupidity.

2) The best parental advice: Don’t ever threaten anything you don’t intend to do. {If you do this, your children will ignore you, 100% sure.}

3) Pay now or pay later. There are no free lunches in this life. If you put off the work that needs to be done, you will do it later, only it will be uglier and bigger and have more bacteria in it. Just do it and get it over with.
#3 especially makes me think of the impending demographic collapse of the priesthood (ie, the fact that half of all active priests currently in ministry are over age 60, and that half of all priests currently in active ministry expect to retire in the next ten years!!!) and the need to introduce married secular priests and other reforms to the diocesan clergy. It's going to happen; you might as well start the process now. Rip the band-aid off in one quick motion! Don't dawdle and leave it to the next generation just because you don't want to face the upheaval. The longer you wait, the worse it's going to get.

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