The false clericalization of the laity, about which I wrote tons on my old, old blog, which affected the mind-set of the liberals, has also affected the mind-set of the traditional laity.

To become a “liturgical policeman” is a fault, a flaw, even I have fallen into in the past. But, this mind-set of being a liturgical policeman for liberal aberrations of the liturgy, also affects the rad-trads who only want a Mass in a certain way, their way, regardless of what Rome decides.

This mind-set also affects how people read the Synod. I suggest reading the excellent commentaries on Father Z’s blog, which are balanced. One is here.

The false clericalization of the laity has also led to a drop of vocations, as has materialism, consumerism and the lack of understanding regarding what a call of God actually is.

Recently, in a discussion with a female friend, I discovered that some lay people simply see a vocation to the priesthood as a career choice, or the inevitable call of any young man who has been raised Catholic.

No, the call to the priesthood is unique and personal. God calls and a man answers, yay or nay.

But, some men imagine they have a vocation because they have become rad-trad clericalized lay people, loving the liturgy, but not seeing that a vocation is WAY more than saying Mass. Each priest is called to save souls, and must, therefore, have charisms which are “pastoral”.

Indeed, the Eucharist is the center of our worship, but a priest does many more things than say Mass.

One of the huge problems in the response to a call has to be addressed-the lack of formation at home, in homes, in the domestic church.

Examples: girls called to the convent need to not only have a basic Catholic education, and be confirmed, but they have to know how to cook, to clean, to live in a day of scheduling and order.

Learning the rule of the order, such as the Benedictine Rule, the Rule of Carmel and so on, is over and above the formation. But, without the basics, girls flounder, cannot fulfill a desire to be a nun, simply because they have grown up as spoiled princesses without ever being asked to do anything difficult at home.

Same with priests. Seminarians should be able to cook, mend, fix things, be computer savvy, and have the pastoral gifts necessary to deal with different types of people. Plus, if they have a classical education, they can understand philosophy and theology and get through basic formation. The lack of classical education prevents an understanding of Church History. Having worked in a seminary myself, I saw firsthand the weak curricula which allowed some students to get by with the minimum of study. A great advantage of colleges such as Thomas Aquinas College, Wyoming Catholic, Christendom and Ave Maria is that these colleges can prepare a young man or young woman to accept a religious vocation. The training of the mind in logic, for example, is absolutely necessary for growth not only in the spiritual life, but in practical training.

Young adults are not being trained at home to accept any sort of responsibility. A young adult in a seminary or a convent has a lot of responsibility. This cannot be learned easily, or at all, at the age of 22 or 25, and defiinitely not at 45. Hence, the loss of people who come into orders and leave.

The lack of vocations also has to do with decades of abortion and contraception.

The false clericalization of the laity means that many young people have no common sense, cannot do basic chores, do not know how to organize or be organized. The over-emphasis on criticism in their homes of the religious orders create a pride which destroys the humility necessary for a young person to have in a seminary or convent.

Lay people need to stop blaming priests, nuns, the entire hierarchy for the lack of vocations and look at their own home situations.

Without discipline and order in the family, a young person would find the discipline and order of a religious house almost impossible to follow. Without daily prayer, such as the family rosary, or the hour of quiet, the Home Holy Hour taught by some monks at Clear Creek, and a superb idea for families, how can someone learn to pray at a later age without great difficulty? Yes, God gives grace, but in years past, young people learned things at home which prepared them for either marriage or a religious or priestly vocation.

The acceptance of poverty is merely one area of difficulty for many who are use to having things.

Celibacy could be one problem for those coming out of a culture of promiscuity.

My personal hope is in the home schooling families, those which are not anti-intellectual, as preparing their children for either the acceptance of the call to the priesthood or religous life, or to marriage.

One becomes the person one is very young. Maria Montessori wrote that the work of the child is to make, to create with God, the person he or she will be.

This begins from the moment the baby is born until the child leaves home….