Posted March 12, 2006
A Good Suggestion by Rev. Michael Heher for Better Working Together with
In my own individualistic culture, one of the worst offenses is meddling,
telling someone else what to do.
So I keep quiet about my concerns, except
on my days off among my friends. In the cultures of many international
priests, one of the worst offense is to contradict or question a superior.
One must agree even when he really disagrees. And so I hear “Yes” when yes
is not meant, or more often I get no answer at all. In a rectory filled with
such respectful silences, hardly anyone laughs, let alone kids another. It’s
not the kind of place where you might share a drink or watch the news
together or go out to a late dinner on Sunday night.
It doesn’t sound like
much fun. The practice of Catholic priesthood is becoming lonelier enough
nowadays for other reasons. If you ask me, I vote for more communication,
despite the difficulties across cultures. And I ask God to give us more
honesty and more courage.