Friday, January 12, 2018
WHEN I WAS VOCATION DIRECTOR IN THE LATE 1980'S AND EARLY 90'S, SEMINARY FORMATORS TOLD US VOCATION DIRECTIONS AND THROUGH US OUR BISHOPS THAT WE ARE NOT TO SEND BROKEN CANDIDATES TO THEM FOR THE SEMINARY TO REHABILATE. THE THERAPEUTIC MODEL OF FORMATION FOR INADEQUATE CANDIDATES DOES NOT EXIST!
Imminent eschatology has to do with the breaking-in of God's kingdom and it realization at the end of time when Jesus returns. It has to do with the last things.
However, in the 1970's there was another form of it being taught and practiced. The Kingdom of God is already but not yet. Everything Jesus did in His public ministry, the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit could do in the present for the Lord has returned or is returned by virtue of the Pentecost Event.
Thus bishops sent unworthy candidates to the seminary for the seminary to fix them through a therapeutic model of formation.
Priests with serious drinking, psychological and moral problems,even sexual abuse of minors and adults, could be fixed and returned to ministry and not just one time, but how many times? 7 X 70 times or an infinite number of times. Rehabilitation at all cost with the return to that which was lost was the goal.