On Sunday, Bishop Robert Morlino celebrated the confirmation service and Mass for about 100 area high school students at Maria Goretti Church. The service usually celebrates and prays for a new and deeper connection with the Holy Spirit.
The bishop used the greater part of his lengthy homily as a sales pitch to the young men -- ages 13 to 17 -- to encourage them to choose to enter training to become Catholic priests. This helps to perpetuate what has proven to be the most egregious and deepest fundamental problem corroding the already shaky foundation of the Roman Catholic institution: the celibate male-only clergy.
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I wonder what my 16-year-old granddaughter, and the other approximately 50 young women being confirmed, expected in career advice from Bishop Morlino. Some of these young women may have been carrying a deep and long-suppressed calling to become a priest and serve God and the church.