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  • Luis 7 months

    Since reading the original report of Archbishop Paglia’s comments I have been wondering the context in which he provided the response attributed to him.
    Be that as it may, in addition to the more recent comments outlined above, I cannot work out what priestly function the priest is performing by his presence. Which, if any, sacrament is he supposed to be administering? Is he preaching or teaching, and, if so, what? To what is he lending the authority of his priestly office in some way that is required, over and above the presence of any lay person/hand-holder. Is this ill-founded clericalism at its worst?

    Or was this merely an excessively defensive response to a ‘gotcha’ question, intended to show that priests and/or the Church lacked ‘love’ or compassion.