Published: 27 August 2007
According to my sampling of Asian laity-clergy opinions, priests are
often viewed distantly, as little more than Sacrament-dispensing
zombies. Most survey participants said priests get drained physically
and spiritually in the anonymity of today's ecclesial supermarkets.
Some laypeople said that when priests get trapped between cynical laity
and unsympathetic superiors, commitment wanes into careerism.
Unsurprisingly, both lay and priest respondents regard personal
holiness as central for the life and witness of those who "left
everything and followed" Jesus - Hector Welgampola