James, thank you so much for giving me a heads-up about your thoughtful and very well written piece. Your opening reminds me a bit of the stories my former business partner in Montreal used to tell me about the horrifying levels of violent physical rather than sexual abuse at the Catholic schools he attended staffed by the Christian Brothers.

Clericalism strikes me as a very serious problem in the Church, and is something that certainly afflicted the people living in Montreal before the Quiet Revolution.

Your point about celibacy lowering the bar for entry to seminary had never occurred to me. It certainly makes sense, though.

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