Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MY RESPONSE TO PRIEST'S RESPONSE TO EMILY STIMPSON'S LETTER

Responding to a post at CatholicVote.org where in a priest, responding to an open letter by a lay person as to the needs of laity responds by saying priests are not "superhuman".

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Father, you ARE superhuman by virtue of the sacrament which makes you a priest. And we can expect you to be superhuman in the same way our children should expect us sacramentally married people to be the same. Otherwise what’s the point? "Be ye perfect" was not a suggestion.


Further thought: Every Christian is called and given all he or she needs to be superhuman, to transcend fallen human nature. Otherwise Christ's spilt blood matters not.  I know what they mean when Christians, priests or otherwise, say "I'm not superhuman", or "I'm not perfect", but I still believe it's a modern cop out. Being a saint is a superhuman endeavor. And as Chesterton said (paraphrase): the only tragedy is to not be one.

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