I am likely to draw fire here, but I'm not known as a shrinking violet. I came back to my email this afternoon to another comment regarding my post on Fr. Francis Mary Stone (Does anyone know what he "discerned"? Does it matter, since leave the priesthood or not, he's likely to remain an "unperson?") and it irked me, because it hit upon a conversation I was having earlier in the day.
You don't like priests leaving the priesthood? Neither do I. You don't think a Latin Rite priest should be allowed to marry? Okay, we differ on that - although I don't actively advocate it, it just doesn't bother me if that tradition should change.
But I am utterly amazed - perhaps even disgusted - by the attitude of some women towards others, with the stance that priests should not interact often with females, lest they fall into the clutches of sirens and temptresses.
STOP INFANTILIZING PRIESTS! If they are mature enough to take a vow to the Church, then they are mature enough to handle women. If a woman - or a man - acts inappropriately, I will trust that my priest (and that's "priest with a small "p" - while he plays an important role in a Catholic's life, I'm not going to perpetuate a cult of personality) WILL TAKE THE APPROPRIATE STEPS and put an end to such nonsense. In one comment, I heard about certain priests only counseling women through the screen of a confesional - oh, get over it, Father, and grow up! Such an attitude either suggests she can't help but be a seductress, or you are either this immature celibate or you can't handle your own hormones.
Worse yet, some seem to suggest that if a priest strays, it must be the fault of the woman. Aw, bulls**t! A priest can abuse his position of counselor and prey upon a woman who may be going through a vulnerable time in her life just as equally well - indeed, I have met priests (one a formerly active priest who left the priesthood - thankfully - and for which I say, good riddance to bad rubbish) who possess egos the size of Texas and act as if they cannot be questioned or challenged because of their chosen vocation. St. John Vianney, ora pro nobis!
So here is my advice - if you think your priest is not adult enough to defend himself against the temptations that a priest faces, then chances are he's not man enough to be a priest. Frankly, I don't think the Catholic priesthood is the place for boys. I want my priest to have a backbone and a pair.