Why are some parents dont like their son to enter in seminary to become a Priest

August 15, 2007 8:59am CST
Are parents fear to have a son as a priest, why some are against it or why some people dont like it also to become a priest to serve God and people?
2 responses
• United States
20 Aug 07
There are certainly enough men being called to the priesthood, but few are answering the call. If the vocation isn't nurtured from a young age, it could be difficult to hear the call. Years ago, a boy saying that he wanted to be a priest when he grew up was a positive thing, now it seems to be frowned upon. I think there are many reasons, beginning with education. Too many Catholics, especially of my generation, were not properly taught what the Catholic faith really is. This came as a result of Vatican II. There was much confusion and much rebellion. This is also the time period that most of the abuse occurred. There is also the issue of families having fewer children. If there is only one boy, he may feel obligated to care for elderly parents, or work in the family business. Parent's fears probably stem from the stigma that priests now carry because of the abuse scandal and the idea that they would be lonely in their celibacy. Another reason is the increase in interfaith marriages, myself included. The non-Catholic spouse may not be supportive. I feel that my son has a calling to the priesthood. He is still very young, but already has a close relationship with Jesus. He also has a heavier cross to bear than most children. I hope to encourage him, but let him make his own decision.
• Philippines
21 Aug 07
My son is presently enrolled in seminary as a first year high school,me and my wife did not forced him to enter there, we simply asked him if he wants to stay there and study, then he went with us for an exam and passed it. We hope that he will continue to study there and became a priest someday. Your response is great, i learned a lot from it, thank you.
• United States
22 Aug 07
That's great about your son. My brother went to high school seminary, but didn't enter the priesthood. Two of his classmates are now priests, though. As a culture, we think that we should always get what we want when we want it. There is no room for sacrifice. The priests coming out of seminary now are a brave contradiction to the culture. I have so much respect for them. I hope your son will be one of these holy men. We need more!:) Thanks for the best response:)
@drmusic (173)
• Mexico
17 Aug 07
well ther must be several reasons, in my case if my son go to seminary to convert to a priest i will deny him becuse i dont beleiv in god, so i cannot accept something like that, also being a priest is a waste of time more if we think all the newas of priest raping childs or women, the news cover them well until they are spoted from someone elso so you know in my opinion is not a good option
• Philippines
18 Aug 07
Do you have a religion, can i ask you why you dont belive in god, just asking i respect your opinion, you are being true to yourself. thank you for being frank in your response.