Priestly people skills
Many consider fervent “JPII priests” a clear byproduct of today’s seminaries—which leads them to wonder what kind of social training seminarians receive.
For all their enthusiasm and idealism, newly ordained priests can forget that most of their parishioners are older and wiser—at least in terms of life experience. “It’s a little off-putting,” says Father Donald Cozzens, 70. The reaction, he says, is often: “You’re acting like a little prince. We respect you, Father, but the Holy Spirit is loose in the world, and the Holy Spirit isn’t just working through the ordained.”