Clearly, the ongoing flood of scandals involving seminarians and priests calls into question the type of formation taking place (or not taking place) in contemporary seminaries. The above “A Day in the Life of a Seminarian” offers a glimpse into the training of priests in a “traditional” Catholic seminary. But note – prior to Vatican II, the word “traditional” was not used to describe – as now – a specific group of Catholics. ALL Catholics were taught to hold fast to both Tradition and Sacred Scripture, which bear equal weight within the Church.
We are reliably informed, as if it’s not obvious, that these days the sort of disciplined seminary life shown in the above video is not the norm in diocesan seminaries. They seem to be run more like a hostel for young single men, who may come and go as they please, eat out with friends (male and female) and generally live as an independent, single man.
Surely then, one key ingredient in the ending of the current scandal-ridden priesthood is a return to the sort of disciplined, spiritual, rigorously academic and thoroughly Catholic formation which the students in the above video are enjoying.
Critics will argue that such a restrictive regime won’t attract modern young men – what do you think?