Recently a friend sent me the following quote from Fr. John Celichowski below. I was hoping to hear from you as well. Does his definition agree with your experiences of the clergy? Would you add or detract from it in any way? Love to hear from you. Your views can make a difference.
“Fr. John Celichowski of Detroit, provincial minister of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, also raised the matter of clericalism. He described clericalism as a “form of elitism” that is “reinforced by the distinctive education and formation, dress and titles that priests and religious receive.” Elitism he said, “can lead to a distorted sense of entitlement, the assumption that one is not bound by the rules that govern everyone else, and that other people (even the vulnerable) exist to serve one’s own needs.” It is only through examination of this fundamental issue and the abuse of power it generates, he said, that we can make sense of the crisis. he called for “strong and committed laity to push back” against clericalism and to demand accountability.”