Saturday, March 25, 2006

San Diego ~ 2d To Last In Vocations
But 1st in the National League West

I sure do miss my hometown. Beautiful weather, great beaches, Catholic priests that would make martin luther proud. Well, maybe I don't miss my hometown all that much.

Take a gander at this, and try not to cry;

Father Tom Shaw went through all of his priestly training for the Diocese of San Diego only to be told in his final interview that he did not have a priestly vocation and would not be ordained here. He believes that the diocesan leadership knows what to do to attract vocations but won't do it. "You have to have a commitment to orthodoxy," Father Shaw says, "which isn't there. When they let me go, I was told by a nationally prominent lay leader in San Diego that they didn't want orthodox priests."

Father Shaw says that seeing so many homosexual priests not only discourages vocations, but also discourages society at large. "Man has been emasculated," he says. "Now you have to be a 'sensitive man.' The entire culture has been emasculated. The Church is reeling right now because it bought into the culture. The Church is supposed to be counter-cultural. The Church teaches truth when it encounters falsehood. You don't water down the truth. But too many priests -- and it's happened widely in San Diego -- have bought into the culture."

"When young men see nothing but effeminate priests," says Father Feinberg, "that doesn't attract vocations."

But oddly enough, the Tridentine Latin Mass Congregation of San Diego recently had the Bishop of San Diego, oh so graciously, give "permission" for a second Latin Mass to be celebrated every Sunday. It seems that the chapel there at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery was literally busting at the seams (I go to Mass at Holy Cross whenever I visit home). Lot's of young families with plenty o' little 'uns in tow... not just a bunch of old "dinosaurs" longing for the Mass of their youth.

You know... I'm amazed that one of the largest Catholic diocese in the nation can only muster four seminarians. But the FSSP and the SSPX have waiting lists for their seminaries. Isn't that amazing?


Blogger Dad29 said...

Ah, Sweet Fystery of Faggery, prevailing....

In the San Diego Sem, among a few...

6:46 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Caveman Commander,
As usual an excellent post, but the Father Feinbergm cooment makes me think a tidbit from my last post encourage more Cave visitors to read the article on the link:

This effect on our clergy has not been missed by some manly priests. Check out “The Emasculation of the Priesthood” by Father James McLucas.

7:21 PM  
Blogger prevat2 said...

As one who spent several years attending the San Diego Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), hidden away in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetary, I can assure all of you that the TLM Society of SD is growing by leaps & bounds. The vast majority of folks there on a Sunday morning (High & Low Mass) are young, with many children.

Bishop Brom has no use for us Traditionalists, but seeing that SD was the first diocese to allow the TLM following the first "indult" in 1984, Brom had little choice once he took over in the early 1990s. But don't kid yourself. He hates Tradition, and will cave to every liberal/sodomite agenda put before him. In other words, he fits in very well with most of the USCCB.

As a side note: The Diocese of Arlington finally gave in to a TLM. However, the cost? Allowing girls to serve at the altar....So I guess vocations are not that important after all?

Semper Fi-

9:54 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I live in the Arlington diocese. Vocations aren't anything to write home about. I think we currently have seminarians. For a diocese that stretches from the Potomac to the Shenandoah Valley that's not much.

I'm reminded of something Fr. William Casey of the Frs. of Mercy, said. He asked why we expect God to send vocations to parishes where His Son is so disrepected in the poor conduct people exhibit in Mass.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


I remember Arlington having quite a few seminarians at one time. Or did that go up the spout after Keating died and Loverde took over?

11:23 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Dymphna, what do you mean?! The Diocese of Arlington is not big at all, and they have twenty plus seminarians! That's amazing for a diocese as small as Arlington. Plus, Arlington has anywhere from four to six guys joining every year. They ordained four priests last year and had six more guys joining this year. Arlington is doing just fine.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Carolina Cannonball said...

Goodbye, Good men.


10:02 AM  
Blogger Carolina Cannonball said...

also... what does FSSP mean?

And I absolutely hate word verification BTW. *grrr, spit, hiss*

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fraternitas Sacerdotalis
Sancti Petri (Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter).

11:39 AM  

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