One of the reasons I want to write is not only to get the help for myself which comes of writing about such things, also to try more and more to see them in the light of faith. - Dorothy Day
It's interesting - I took that quote from Day's diary, The Duty of Delight - The Sixties. At that time, the most common difficulty priests encountered were related to alcoholism. In the same entry, immediately following the above quote, Dorothy Day describes the 'fallen' priest:
''When I think of this or that alcoholic priest, so fallen from so high estate, so filled with self-justification, so well dressed, well-fed, driving the latest model car, enjoying all the luxuries and comforts of a modern rectory, in a wealthy suburb ... I can only forgive him for his banal talk and most boring presence by suddenly seeing him as a victim soul."I know! Is she nuts? A victim soul? She continues:
"I'm sorry to use these old fashioned expressions but I do not know how else to speak of it. He is suffering for the vast accumulation of self indulgence and luxury of the priests and lay people who 'can take it' and don't let it drag them down. Whenever I see or hear of these well-stocked bars, I cannot help thinking of the cost of liquor and tobacco, and remember Fred on Skid Row, too much the thieving drunk, the brawling drunk to have in the house. Another victim." - Dorothy Day, February 3That's why she's considered a candidate for sainthood, I guess.