Is it normal to doubt becoming a priest?

I’m in my last year of high school and I have to decide if I should commit to the priesthood and seminary, or going to regular uni. I’d like some opinions if you could avoid cursing and other depraved sentiments. Thanks.

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  • Well.. since you're set on becoming a priest and working with the public, I would suggest going to uni and getting a bachelor's or higher in psychology.

    That way you can identify those who have mental illnesses and give the proper advice or help.

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  • Don't become priest..tbh it sounds boring

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    • I think it’s noble to help people, visit the sick, comfort the dying, and feed the poor...etc.
      To me, boring is not knowing what to do to keep yourself busy.

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      • Okay then. You just answered your own question. Find out what classes will best prepare you to help people, visit the sick, comfort the dying, feed the poor, etc. They are not classes at the seminary. You are looking at intro accounting, English composition, speech, psychology, sociology, public health, hospice nursing, and maybe a bit of anatomy/physiology. Take the classes at a public university and then go do this stuff.

        If you like it, you can always go back to be a priest. But you'll have a lot less freedom to manage your own effectiveness working in an arch-dioceses that's getting direction from the Vatican bureaucracy.

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        • The things you mentioned are compartmentalized. Hospice nurses aid the dying, they don’t feed the poor...etc.
          Priests are focused first and foremost on their parishioners, the rest is “management” and red tape like any other field.

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      • Priests don't do that anymore. Have you ever talked to a priest about this?

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        • Of course they do and of course I have. Go into most any hospital in the country and you’ll find a priest.

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  • You don't have to become a priest to help people. There are better ways, like social services for instance.

    Babbling about god does no good.

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    • Priesthood is a lifestyle and not based on a 40 hour workweek. Social services is actually a narrow field because it has become specialized or compartmentalized if you’d prefer.
      Priests don’t babble about God, even if you aren’t a catholic or Greek Orthodox you should know that.

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  • What type of christianity are you from? I thought about becoming a priest, but I have yet to ultimately decide. It is definitely normal to doubt becoming a priest. But the big things is to remember that you will always be a human, religious inspirer or not.

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  • When my father was graduating he was approached by one of the priests and told, "God is calling you. Do you hear him?" My father said he didn't, but was unsure of his decision. The priest continued, "You might not hear him calling, but he is and you would make a fine priest." My father searched his heart, but he heard no such call. He chose to believe in himself. Years later I was born and would not have been if he chose the other path. He would have been miserable answering someone else's calling, that's what I took from it.

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    • Sounds like he was being recruited. I’ve been considering this since 6th grade.
      I would love my own children, but I don’t think it’s part of God’s plan for me. In the end, we are all God’s children, maybe that has to be enough.

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  • Looking through your comments it sounds like you really do want to become a priest. If that's what you want you should go ahead and do it. You seem like a good person who would be a great priest.

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    • Thank you. May God bless you.

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      • Your welcome. You should follow your dreams. If you want to be a priest go for it. If not then I would recommend going to college and figuring things out. Priests can certainly help people but you can also help people without being a priest. Either way is fine, good luck!

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  • If you wanna make a difference, become an assassin and kill all corrupt and sociopathic world leaders

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    • Wow, judge and kill in one sentence.

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      • killing 1 person who causes death/suffering of millions is the logical and moral thing to do..duhh only a delusional jesus freak would say otherwise:)

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        • I understand your flawed logic, but you can’t be judge nor executioner.

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          • Flawed logic?..says the person believing a big guy in the sky is watching our every move.

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            • Ok then. Why aren’t you doing the things you proclaim to be a worthy thing? Why should I?
              And yes, God is watching all of us.

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  • You don't have to do a darn thing. Both of those you can do any time, and there are a million other things to do as well

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  • You don't need to be a priest to do the things you want to do. A priest simply says mass.

    Also, be prepared to turn a blind eye to a variety of things that the Church, in principle, opposes.

    Your wages depend on placating the masses.

    You can look after people and stuff without being a priest which is unnatural. The human body is rarely able to go without any sexual relation for decades, this is why child abuse cases happen, because some intimacy just becomes the only intimacy. I'm not saying you'll molest a child, but you'll find it difficult to be a priest and a normal human being. This is why Orthodox priests are *expected* to get married.

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    • I’ll paraphrase what I’ve read: a 2010 study by John Jay college (the “top cop” school in the USA), found no evidence that priests abuse children at a higher rate then the general population.
      Just FYI catholic priests/nuns are not the only faith to take a vow of celibacy. Hindu priests and nuns, several sects of Asian monks, the list goes a little longer. I will admit there have been studies showing that priests break that vow about 50% of the time, primarily through masturbating, or through affairs with (adult) females. The pope states the celibacy vow will likely change if the shortage of priests continues to increase. Also, in Africa it is generally accepted that priests marry even tho they take the same vows as everyone else. Source; medicaldaily.com

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      • it's still not good for your mental health. Regardless if you can do all those things without being a priest, why be a priest?

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  • Well, if you are fond of altar boys then sure go right ahead, make a career out of it. If not, seriously consider giving it up... If you want to be a part of the Christianity movement at least become an evangelical pastor, that way you could charge money from the sheep's faith and become rich in an instant.

    There is no God man, you'll go nuts, study theology all you want, get a doctorate on it, add scientific research to it, in the end you'll find yourself at the very beginning, totally clueless. What a waste man... While i'm a very wise young adult, after all i've learned, through intensive study and personal experience, all i can say is that i don't hold the definitive truth to the answers of mankind as of yet, but i sure as hell don't try to make them up.

    Hey, what matters is that your happy, either by living sheltered inside a lie or exposed to the harsh reality. I'm a man of science, literature and arts... Is there a God? No way to tell it for sure at this very moment in time, but if i had to take a guess, i'd say we're past the time of believing in sermons and lectures about God. The point is, do you want to be like so many others before you or do you want to be a pioneer? Study hard my friend, be an intelectual, never lose the faith in achieving whatever it is that you pursuit in life but be aware that some answers are better left unanswered and that some you have to be forced to accept.

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  • Hmm... whose idea is it that you should study for the priesthood? Is this your parents' idea or your idea? Perhaps you could go to college and get a degree in a field that would work for you as a layperson or a priest?

    Do you absolutely have to have a final and definite answer right now? I think you have to discern the the process of meditation and prayer as well as study.

    Only you can make this decision.

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    • My idea. I had a girlfriend and did all the things a guy my age would do. I’m not a priest yet (lol), but I’m drawn to it for reasons I list in this post. I hope you will read through it and get back to me. Thanks. I have to decide soon, there are some preparations before seminary that take some doing, and I have to do some of it concurrently with full time school.

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  • I'll assume you care most about doing the right thing. So figure out what other occupations go along with that if you don't want to become a priest. It's not like the only other option is going to college.

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    • There is no other occupation that can have as much varied impact from a single person to a group of people. Maybe a politician, but I won’t go there. Can you think of one I’m missing?

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  • Since god doesn't exist in my opinion I would have to say you'd be wasting your time. But since you believe he does, then perhaps not.

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  • Priesthood is great... would have been my second career choice next to taxidermy.

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  • do it , become the pope someday and sell the Vatican city , hes just playing god.

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    • The pope doesn’t play God. The pope is the human representative of God on earth and the pope knows he is fallible, therefore he is not God.
      I’m pretty sure I couldn’t sell the Vatican if I were to become pope - I don’t even have a real estate license. :-)

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      • if you are the pope you can print one up

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        • Is the pope a printer too? Thanks for making me laugh.

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          • yes , he can print money too. and sell indulgences like Jesus did. that even better than turning water to wine.

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            • Jesus didn’t sell indulgences Nick. He did the complete opposite, he trashed them.
              But you sound like a smart man, you know that, don’t you?

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