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Bad Rap On Jp Ii: Closing Thought

Lots of emails about the Pope and seminaries arguing, very persuasively, I am sorry to say, that plenty ofAmerican seminaries are still an unholy mess.

But I still think John Paul II has effected a change–if not in seminaries, then among seminarians. The young men who have become priests during this pontificate strike me on the whole as more serious, orthodox, and holy than those who became priests earlier. And over and over again, in my experience, these recent priests cite the personal example of the pope as their inspiration.

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