The Holy Father has addressed the clergy, calling on them to have something of the smell of sheep about them - Ewe de Cologne, if you like (ouch!).
Pope Francis wants the priesthood to be less concerned with self absorption and more hands on with the flock.
Here are his words on the subject:
I understand his meaning and without question he is right.
But our priests, surely, should not be tainted with the smell of the flock?
They should be of the flock but not in it, if you get my meaning.
He then proceeds to talk about priests being "fishers of men".
That statement, too is, needless to say, completely appropriate being, Our Lord's own words.
So what's it to be?
The smell of sheep or the smell of fish?
The answer is, both. We need, first of all, fishermen to catch the souls and then good shepherds to care and nurture them.
But the fishermen need to be discerning; those that wish to wriggle their way into the Church without any intention of abiding by the teachings of Christ and the guidance of the Holy Father are best, how shall I phrase this charitably?
Chucked back, that's it....sling 'em back in the pond from whence they came!
Prompted by Petrus at Men are Like Wine