If a Man Wouldn’t Make a Good Husband & Dad, He Won’t Be a Good Priest Either

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For many years, I have been saying that if a man wouldn’t make a good husband and dad, he won’t be a good priest either.

I think the current scandals in the Church scream that loud and clear.

A good husband is totally faithful to his wife.
A good priest is totally faithful to the Church.

A good husband teaches his children how to totally love their mother.
A good priest teaches his flock how to totally love Christ and His Church.

A good husband leads his wife closer to God.
A good priest leads his flock closer to God.

A good husband looks selflessly to the good of his wife.
A good priest looks selflessly to the good of his flock.

A good husband doesn’t put his career, ambitions, and personal comfort before his wife and children.
A good priest doesn’t put his career, ambitions, and personal comfort before his flock.

A good husband and dad doesn’t even entertain, let alone, act on exacting vengeance or preying upon his wife and children.
A good priest doesn’t even entertain, let alone, act on exacting vengeance or preying upon his flock.

A good husband and dad is noble, heroic, strong, protective, and selfless with his wife and children.
A good priest is noble, heroic, strong, protective, and selfless with his flock.

My brothers…whether we are married or ordained, we set the model of what being this kind of man is.

If we want our sons or the young men of our parishes to grow be good husbands and dads or priests, we better get busy being these men who are good husbands and dads or priests.

The future hinges on it.

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Fr. Bill Peckman
Fr. Bill Peckman is the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Boonville, MO and St. Joseph Parish in Fayette, MO.