Religion: At Least Not Inferior

In the present state of the world, priests should not be too unworldly. So said Pope Pius XII last week. To ensure the training of properly down-to-earth priests, the Pope urged every Roman Catholic seminary to:

1) Treat boys as boys. "Students in minor [largely high-school level] seminaries are adolescents separated from their natural habitat: the family. Hence it is necessary that their life be as much as possible a boy's normal life."

2) Rub shoulders with reality. "If young men . . . are formed in character in an atmosphere too far removed from the world, when they leave the seminary they...

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