I’ve been talking about America and Catholicism, so why not put the two together? With that in mind, I decided to look at Michael Rose’s Goodbye! Good Men: How Catholic Seminaries Turned Away Two Generations of Vocations From the Priesthood. There’s been discussion whether the book deals fairly with every person and institution it discusses, but the basic point, that New Church apparatchiks grossly abused the system for their own ends, is plausible and seems generally accepted by those who should know.
It’s said the situation has improved a great deal since say the ’80s. It seems that the existence of an ultimate authority within the Church, even one that’s usually fairly inert, provides a reference point that makes it possible for institutions eventually to revert to type. The Anglicans provide an example of what happens when such authority is lacking.