In Praise of Older Priests…Even If They’re Married
In my early sixties now I guess I qualify as an “older priest” so I’m biased.
That being said, I’m thinking increasingly that one of the solutions to the clergy sex abuse problem is to look again at who we ordain and when we ordain them.
Of course everybody loves to see a young man, fresh out of seminary, smiling, handsome, trim and fit and ready to serve the Lord. We love to see him brimming with enthusiasm and idealism, and we shouldn’t forget that St Paul mentored SS Timothy and Titus and St Peter and St Paul mentored St Mark–all of