A couple of days ago Pope Francis named the elephant in the room concerning the Catholic priesthood's crisis of immature, narcissistic homosexual priests.
But in line with his criticism of rigid people, doctors of the law and the like he also stated this about some young people who want strictness in the seminary and priesthood:
Finally, we must not forget another risk pointed out by Pope Francis in his speech to the Congregation for the Clergy, and that is that often “there are children who are mentally ill and are looking for strong structures to defend them”.
As a part one one of the most liberal seminaries in the 1970's which until about 1968 was one of the strictest, I can say that there was almost no supervision of seminarians. We could stay out all night, have particular friendships, alcohol in our rooms and other seminarians and friends in our room too with the door closed.
Contrast my experience with what the same seminary was like prior to 1968:
There was a strict dress code, cassock or clerics ( In my time, we had none, we wore shorts, flip flops and smoked in class, only when one gay seminarian wore bib overhauls without a shirt did the faculty complain about that.)
They had a curfew, lights out time, monastic schedule, no particular friendships, door open when visiting someone.
There were strict academic and moral requirements for entrance in the seminary, no broken families, no history of mental illness in the family and if seminary rules were broken or signs of pathology detected one was ushered out of the seminary under cover of night and not readmitted to another diocese or order.
In other words strictness and discipline were in place to protect the seminary community and ultimately the Church from immature seminarians acting out and rectory life wasn't much different although more freedoms were afforded the ordained.
The post Vatican II Church allowed for no supervision and anything goes mentality just as long as it wasn't too public and entrance rules were more relaxed and psychological methods were relied upon to deal with problematic seminarians and priests rather than discipline or expulsion.
Duh! Maybe strict structures are needed and a more rigid approach!