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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I do declare...Whatsoever do you mean?

To be honest, I do not recall if that line was really spoken by Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, but hey, it came to mind. Remember the scene from the movie when, needing to impress Rhett Butler at pretty much the same time that Atlanta is falling in flames, Scarlett makes a green dress out of the long drapes that hung in the great room at Tara. That great moment in cinematic history was only topped years later when Carol Burnett spoofed the scene by donning a green velvet dress that still had the drapery pole resting across, and feet beyond, her shoulders.

The lesson: you may tear things down to make them new somehow, but if you don't do it right it will be a bad joke.

So, have you checked out the new and improved Archdiocese of Milwaukee Vocations website? Definitely a renovation in the spirit of the Cathedral's. Nice portrait Fr. Lobacz. But, don't you feel foolish now for putting "St. Francis Seminary: Center of Ministerial Formation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee" at the top of every page. So glad you were in the loop on that decision....

By the way, how do our vocations at four other institutions feel about not even a link? Fr. Lobacz, to make life easier for you (I understand you like to have your days starting no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and ending no later than 5:00 p.m.) here are the links to cut and paste:

The Pontifical North American College -- 2 seminarians
http://www.pnac.org/

The American College at Louvain -- 1 seminarian
http://www.acl.be/

Theological College, Washington -- 2 seminarians
http://www.theologicalcollege.org/

Ave Maria University Pre-Theologate, Florida -- 1 Seminarian
http://www.naples.avemaria.edu/pre-theologate/

It really must be that last one that causes Fr. Lobacz, formerly of Archbishop Weakland's Cathedral Staff, to have the rather constipated non-smile on his face.

Now, I understand that editorially things might slip by when launching a new website. Making that green dress takes time, and the drapery pole might get missed, but how is it that at a website entitled "Think PRIEST" the section seeking to explain celibacy refers to "He or she must be able to form mutual friendships"?

Or how about the first question listed after the "he/she" explanation, basically, how much sex will have been too much. Fr. Lobacz's answer is that "most diocese... will require two years of celibate chastity." Maybe that's a true answer...but, what does this archdiocese require? A week, two weeks? Most dioceses also require rectory living and orthodoxy...where do we stand on those?

And then there is the question about falling in love after becoming a priest. As open-minded as things are here in Call to Action-ville, this spiritual challenge is clarified for the asker with a reminder to maintain appropriate boundaries with "both men and women." Welcome to Brokeback Rectory! The next question on the page, specifically on homosexuality, and with a curious need to include bi-sexuality (hmm...I wonder why?), leads me to ask...is the self-induced, self-defined, self-deluding happiness of "self-acceptance" really the final threshold that the Vatican is expecting on this subject? You have heard of the Vatican, haven't you?

The last thing of note on that page...nice picture of a man in a cassock...Is that really St. Francis Seminary? Or even the Archdiocese of Milwaukee? NO.

Well, that is just a short review of one page, actually one section of one page, the vocations website of Archbishop Dolan's own staff. Go figure..the drapery pole is still showing.

Three months ago, before the renovation of the website, I commented on the old website. There I listed a couple good one. Check them out. You may even see words like adoration, rosary, and magisterium. You might even see pictures of that invoke manliness. Chivalry-like manliness, not Brokeback Mountain.

Just a thought or two for today. What are we to do...?

Mike

2 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

The "model" priests mentioned are interesting, eh?

They are on the "Thinking of Priesthood" page...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 2:46:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

What a thing to say about someone's facial expression!

Oh, wait.

"Such hard faces. ... No smiles. ... But you know what they really needed? ... A laxative. And a hug."
--Archbishop Weakland (about those in attendance at the "annual liturgical celebration held by the archdiocese's anti-abortion group") quoted in The Education of an Archbishop (1992) by Paul Wilkes, p. 47

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 6:01:00 PM  

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