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Monday, May 01, 2006

When will they start playing spin the bottle?

This past weekend the pastor indicated that all of the priests of the dicoese would be gathering for the annual "priest pajama party."

OK, I can see the need for an annual meeting or retreat by our priests. But why the heck do some of our own priests persist in the Weakland-era frivolity of such a name as pajama party. What makes it worse is the girlish giggle with which the priest used the term.

I don't know how often other pastors use this reference, nor how many intend to mean something untoward. What I do know is that when a group of men keep bemoaning the lack of respect they are supposedly shown, should they first not act with a little self-respect.

Sure, some will complain about picking on this specific point, but come on guys...if you don't like it when bloggers refer to the rampant Brokeback Rectory syndrome in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, then why persist in your own childish, giggle-ridden, approach to your own presbyterate. I guess it should come as no surprise, Michael Rose was probably right, the diocese's own seminary might have been one big pajama party.

Asking around about this "assembly" left me only with vague impressions. Is there adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? Is there respectful interaction with the Archbishop? Is there something more serious than pajama party hijinks?

I will pray for the priest like I do every day. I hope that they will do the same for one another.

Mike

2 Comments:

Blogger Dan Curran said...

I can't believe a priest woul talk like that - outrageous.

What self-respect can a priest have that asks to be addressed by his first name (e.g. Fr. Bob, Fr. Bill) as so many do in MKE. I mean how much respect would you have for a physician who asked you to call him Dr. Fred?

Thursday, May 04, 2006 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

I have been told that there is a pastor of a large parish on the North Shore (Fr. Al Jerkus) who routinely refers to the Archbishop merely as "Timmy" when speaking to staff and active parishioners.

Why then is he still a pastor in a large parish?

Saturday, May 06, 2006 12:38:00 PM  

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