Considering their responsibilities, shouldn’t priests be trained in, and tested on, their ability to communicate with God? How come no one ever mentions this? I have never heard anyone say, for example, “It’s unfortunate that the ontology of the Absolute prevents this kind of training.” No one discusses this most central office of the priesthood as even the remotest possibility. And yet, what good is a priest if he doesn’t have at least some rudimentary abilities of this kind? Isn’t that, theoretically, what a priest is — a man in contact with God? And yet this essential qualification is never tested — not even mentioned. And the most plausible reason for this is of course that no priest actually has such talents. None of them have it. None have ever had it. Yet to this day they hope we won’t notice.

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