Those priests who want to wear this need not apply:
Rather, a more sober look:
FROM THE LIPS OF THE BISHOP OF ROME, THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS, JUST THIS MORNING: "In the delicate task of carrying out inquiries for episcopal appointments be careful that the candidates are pastors close to the people, fathers and brothers, that they are gentle, patient and merciful; animated by inner poverty, the freedom of the Lord and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life, that they do not have the psychology of "Princes". Be careful that they are not ambitious, that they do not seek the episcopate - volentes nolumus - and that they are married to a Church without being in constant search of another."
I'd be much happier if he would focus on Orthodoxy and Tradition and not in elevating a bunch or hermits.
"Catch-22"...the Army does not want people who want to go to war and fight and die for their country because those people are crazy. The Army only wants people who do not want to go to war and fight and die for their country because the Army only wants sane people...
A book by Joseph Heller back in the fifties.
Pope Francis has just issued a Catch 22...
When I was a child we had a neighbour who was a regular soldier and served for the six years of WW2 without promotion. Like many regular reservists he was recalled to the colours in 1950 for Korea. In view of his service they offered him a stripe as lance-corporal (I believe the US equivalent is private first class). He refused, saying later "I didn't want the responsibility".
Is total lack of ambition a virtue, even in the clergy?
Catch-22 is excellent. I'm trying to find a signed copy of the Easton or Franklin Library edition for less than $100.
John Nolan, Lance Corporal does exist in the USA. However, I am not sure if the grades match up exactly.
John, I do not know. You'll have to ask the Obama constituency.
John and ytc,
Lance Corporal in the U.S. is a Marine Corps rank, just above Private First Class. While Private First Class has a single stripe (as in the U.S. Army), the U.S.M.C. Lance Corporal has a single stripe with crossed rifles just below the stripe.
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