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By Justin Bradford Smith, Crisis Magazine, October 18, 2018
Around six years ago, after the birth of my eldest son, while in prayer during Eucharistic Adoration, I asked the Lord to make him a priest, if that is his will. In the intervening years he has, of his own accord, loved to play mass and “baptize” his sister’s playthings, so perhaps my prayer will be heard. And yet, within recent months, I have come to question whether I really want him to become a priest after all, on account of the evil infecting some, though by no means all or even most, of the clergy and would-be clergy.
You are familiar, unfortunately, with this contagion, so I will not detail it. That the evil of clergy-with-clergy, or seminarian-with-seminarian, sexual sin could grip men who say or hear Mass daily, from whose hands the blood of Christ drips or will drip in the confessional, or who pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day—that privileged souls such as these could fall, and so precipitously, is, I do not say surprising (Lucifer fell, nor was Saint Peter immune from grave sin), but disheartening, even infuriating. And so, among my initial reactions was to yearn for a bit of Pauline mercy—Deliver such a one up to Satan, he commands, for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ—and then to wonder whether I want my oldest son (or now my youngest son, for that matter) to enter the seminary while some of the Church is subject to this blight…..Read entire article here….crisismagazine.com/2018/diabolical-tweets-father-martin-on-penance