Vocations crisis in Bombay Archdiocese – JOHN MENEZES

JOHN MENEZES                                                                               7 Esperanca

                                                                                                            S. Bhagatsingh Road

                                                                                                            Mumbai 400 001

                                                                                                            April 5, 2014

The Editor

The Examiner

Convent Street

Mumbai 400 001

Subject: Vocations crisis in Bombay Archdiocese  –  for favour of publication.


The Examiner, April 5, reports the ordination of three candidates to the priesthood, with one hailing from Kanyakumari, lowest ever in the history of the archdiocese. While this has caused ripples of concern what is not known is that, from the objective point of view, the Catholic priesthood ended from April 6, 1969, when Paul VI’s drastically revised ordination rites were implemented unannounced to create presiding presbyters and no longer sacrificing priests, to match the New Mass which embraces the “theology of assembly” and not the “theology of sacrifice.” Indeed, the mission statements of the three candidates are principally sociological rather than sacramental.

In November 2000, two British bishops stated that by the year 2015 there would be practically nothing left of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. The Vatican II revolution has fast surpassed the Protestant Reformation, and will accelerate with the recent quip (April 1, 2014) of “Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome” who has likened regular church goers to Pharisees.

A look at the Society of St. Pius X  (SSPX) founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre shows a growing number of vocations to the pre-Vatican II priesthood from its community which embraces the Traditional Latin Mass and discipline. Families are large with around 5 to 12 kids as the community’s objective is to bring more souls into the world for the greater glory of God. One of its two seminaries in the United States, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, was a pre-Vatican II seminary which had emptied out after the Council and was bought by the SSPX when it began to fill up again. After it started to burst at the seams, it was extended. Now the vocations to the priesthood are beyond its capacity and  the SSPX has launched a project of a new seminary in the US. The curriculum is traditional and rigid as it used to be in the Goregaon Seminary before Vatican II when the latter was among the best in the world. The same is the story with all other Catholic traditionalist groups round the world, of growth rather than decline.

With “Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome” being a sworn enemy of the Traditional Mass,  cozying up with atheists and gays, dubbing his predecessor popes as “narcissists” and calling  faithful Catholics “Pelagians” for their holy practices, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Bombay may sense the much prophesized Great Apostasy already in place and eschew any connection with it.



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7 Responses to Vocations crisis in Bombay Archdiocese – JOHN MENEZES

  1. Mr. Menezes is a knowledgeable and profound thinker; but Sir, permit me an ordinary old man to make a suggestion as to the “recruitment/roping in” method.
    The priesthood/nunnery is not being portrayed as an excellent career opportunity for ” run of the mill ” and low marks young boys/girls.
    They should be made aware of all the perks of being a priest/nun— free food, free education, should one wish to study further, free clothes, free accommodation, free travel, free booze; and not to forget most important — plenty of money at one’s disposal once one rises in position
    Where in any other job can one achieve this ????
    OH !! the celibacy nonsense LET US LAUGH !!!!!

  2. Sure Fergus, you are very very right.I have yet to know of high flyers be it boys or girls joining the priesthood or nunnery. Another issue in some parts of India especially for the girls is the prevailing dowry system. Parents who cannot afford, pack their girls either to the convent or make them nurses.
    This could be the reason we have half baked priests floating around.I must also say that there are a few who are above average, They are quickly sidetracked so they there is no competition with “big daddies” who just cannot give up that position.
    Any takes, or rebuttals. I am ready.

  3. Fr.Robin Mantode says:

    Actually today to spread the Gospel we do not need priests but preachers,priests job is only to perform rituals( so called sacraments] and that also only for the Catholics,because according to them there is no salvation outside the Catholic church.So ordaining thousands of priests will be of no use,because even afters thousands of years they will restrict the Gospel to the Catholics only which will be still a minority. We need apostles and disciples,Jesus sent the apostles and disciples,out in the world to preach the good news from place to place and village to village.Todays priests have strictly rituals ministry and stuck in a parish. We do not need educated and so called white caller priests ,but simple people full of faith ,because Jesus chose simple fisher men and taught them to be fishers of men.Today in the seminary the young peoples life is wasted by learning western philosophy and western theology and nothing of God experience. We agree with the Pope Francis that only attending the daily mass like a ritual is of not use,but people should be transformed by the personal encounter with Jesus and that is possible only with personal prayer and not by attending the rituals.

    Fr.Robin Mantode Director Divine Natures Cure, Karan Bazar, Somnathnagar, Pune-411014 Mo-9922345997/9922194242 Email-robin.mantode@gmail.com http://www.wheatgrasspowder.in

    On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM, THE LAITYTUDE

    • Thank you Robin Mantode for your views.I full support them.In fact other than them performing rituals they are a total liability on the Catholic church and the laity.
      in fact I fail to see reason that they are there at all. Of course to a section of them its a good live with a lot to eat and drink,plenty of authority with no accountability, nepotism at its peak. They just demand that we the laity, Pay,Pray and Obey.
      This will come to a end soon.

    • s4sony says:

      Very rarely priests and nuns speak out such truth. I really appreciate you Fr.

  4. s4sony says:

    As Fr.Robin Mantode said, young boys & girls life is wasted in the seminaries and convents. They are trapped in the name of Jesus. As HUMAN no one requires training/coaching on how to love and serve God. It is from within. Today THE CALL OF GOD is weighed in the name of health, wealth, education, talents, language fluency. If anyone has all these, they are called to serve God – to be Religious. And if anyone fails to have any of these, they are unfit to be Religious, and people say He/she has no Call from God’. Funny! Sad to see people running behind the tag ‘Priest’, ‘Nun’, than running towards God.

  5. While I do accept we need preachers, Even that they cannot do.I do recall a couple of years ago a priest just out of the seminary compared the two thieves who were hanging on both sides of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the modern day doctor and lawyers.
    Later on when we at the parish raised hell, he said he mention this on the lighter side.
    These half baked ‘Poppadoms’ need to be trained. Then on one occasion on “world Communication day” another priest in my parish, mentioned the total lack of communication between Mary and Joseph was the the result of Jesus being lost and later found in the Jewish temple.
    If we have such clowns preaching, then what more do we need.
    Yes lastly on one All Souls day a priest from our parish asked the people why them come a couple of days before and clean the family graves, then he burst our with a the jingle’ Washing Powder Nirma” Of course the simple forks had a good laugh.
    So these clowns need to be trained before letting them out to preach the gospel to the world.

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