Let all men who use the seminary as an excuse to dump the women they have trifled with be afflicted with horrible pimples!!! And may these pimples arrange themselves on their foreheads in a pattern spelling out very rude words!!!
For I have had yet another email from yet another Nice Catholic Girl who has been badly treated by a guy who got away with it because he "might have a priestly vocation"! He's now in the seminary, surprise, surprise. Will he by out by Christmas, or will he hang in there so he can date a different woman next summer?
I am not sure what part of "seduces and bamboozles women" adds up to "priestly vocation."
Oh, I want to scream.
The good news for the general Catholic population is that such men usually drop out of the seminary, either at Christmas or just before they are scheduled to take their diaconate vows; this way we don't end up with more priests with semi-girlfriends they keep at bay with pious words about their "celibacy."
If a guy has managed to get his hands under your blouse and yet tells you that he might have a priestly vocation, he deserves a ringing slap. If he slaps you back, your next move is to the computer to write to your parish priest or the rector of whatever seminary it is he wants to go to.
The only men who belong in the seminary are men who respect women and can be trusted around women. These do not include men who pressure women into sexual activity or lead women into thinking they will marry them and then suddenly pull the rug out from under the women's feet.
If a woman chases a guy or pressures him sexually, and he takes off to the seminary--okay, fair enough. She should ice her psychic bruises and promise God to be a better girl. But if a guy chases a girl or pressures her sexually and then takes off to the seminary so he doesn't have to introduce the girl to his parents or what have you, then he is a real jerk, not a romantic victim of called-by-God-ness.
And he's not even original because I get so many letters about pre-seminarians, seminarians, and in-between-ians that I am working out a General Theory of Seminarians. And I thank God for whichever good men, men who do respect women and can be trusted around women, can be found in the seminaries.