After seeing this story out of Buffalo, New York in yesterday’s news, it seems to me that I need to get my novel and screenplay about seminary life (Saint Judas) written at the first opportunity. As it turns out, life is sometimes more salacious than fiction.
What I learned from my seminary experience was basically this:
1) it was an institution riddled with people who didn’t know who they were
2) since they didn’t know who they were, they were insecure and shifty; in a word: they lacked integrity
3) these people would say one thing and do another, thus fostering a climate of distrust
4) at that point, Satan could schedule a long vacation… he had other people to carry out his charism of sowing division
In shorthand: identity issues led to integrity issues, and integrity issues led to trust issues. It’s as old as Genesis 3.