Now, a Priest may not be learned, nor have much unction in his preaching or writing, according to the standards of the world or according to the expectations of the faithful. However, there is one thing to consider: the Priest has the grace of Holy Orders, and if he earnestly endeavors to fulfill the will of God and correspond faithfully to the inspirations of grace and the duties of his sacred state, he will accomplish more than any lay autodidact, who may have the entire Scriptures and the entire Summa memorized, ever can. For a layman has not the graces that Our Lord reserves for those whom He has chosen for Himself as Priests and ministers of the sacred Altar.
This is the KEY. Whatever their faults, these are the priests God gave us. We can rationalize in a million ways why WE would make better priests, and in this jealousy, we will look for reasons to disobey and to scorn the priests that we do have. But with grace you will see this is wrong. Obedience is emphasized repeatedly by all the saints; no saint has ever had an anti-clerical attitude like you have, Tele.
I was talking with Alex about St. Therese of Lisieux, who said that she would have never become a saint if she didn't end up with the confessor she did. This bothered me. I thought "What if my potential isn't being reached because my confessor is imperfect?" But Alex made a good point, which is that, when St. Therese was with her imperfect confessors, she did not fight them or scorn them. She trusted in God and He brought her to the right confessor eventually.
There were times I was wracking my brain about some complicated moral question, without any result. I talked to my priest, and within a split second he had cut to the heart of the problems. My priest is very busy and often seems distracted, but as if on the fly, he tends to give me advice that opens up new perspectives for me. Does that mean he is perfect? No, but he is the priest God gave me, and God will not let me slip if I trust him with my soul. It is certain this is the priest God gave me, because how many other sede priests are there around here?! So I KNOW that this is the priest I am meant to obey.
If I wanted to concentrate on their faults, I could, and I have, but that is not spiritually fruitful.
Thanks Raoul, I think you've inspired me to thank God more for giving me my priest. I just might write him a letter, and thank him for being a good man, and good spiritual director too.