Many Catholics are unaware of married priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Father Dwight Longenecker is one, and his story to the Church from an evangelical family, through the Anglican faith and crossing the Tiber is an excellent read and a sample of many more to come. I’ve read several of his books and have read his blog daily for a couple of years.
One of the issues Fr. Longenecker discussed over numerous blog entries is reasons for moving parishes when one feels compelled to leave due to any number of reasons. It has caused quite a stir, especially with democratically minded folks who like to have their money do the talking, and are willing to move with their tithe from parish to parish in a childish fit of temper.
His post today, “Corruption, Complacency, Cowardice and Criticism,” continues on this them of how to handle legitimate issues of corruption at a parish. Seems the good father gets email requests frequently with this very question.
In explaining how he’d recommend addressing this issue, he makes a valid point that each of us should consider regarding the giving and receiving of criticism:
” . . . criticism (like publicity) is never bad. Even when criticism is badly expressed it is good for the soul. Even if the criticism is wrong or badly informed it’s good for you. Criticism is good for you, even when it’s painful, because, like physical pain, it is informing you of something that is wrong.”
Quick antidote – at a roping clinic last spring in Cheyenne, which Cowboy Papist had highly anticipated attending, one of the world’s greatest roper’s just simply busted the chops of Cowboy Papist from the the first missed loop due to the terribly limited skills at heading steers and basic horsemanship. It sure hurt at the time, (still stings a bit!), and it should go without saying that Cowboy Papist gave serious thought to loading Eddy up and heading home to Herself and a hot dinner. But Cowboy Papist hung in there – for better or worse, aware that the teacher’s criticism were offered with grace of his time and knowledge, to take advantage of the limited time together, and to attempt to ensure basic success on fundamentals could and would lead to long-term enjoyment.
Why is it that the older one gets, the more difficult it is to hear and accept criticism.
Isn’t it just like most of the directives of our Church? Father Longenecker’s lesson here is easy to read, easy to understand, and decidedly difficult to put into practice.
Still can’t rope very well, but I sure have fun!