We realize the Second Vatican Council threw the Church into much tumult — that what was intended to be good was used by certain elements to implement modernism. Not good.
But one positive fruit from that era — rarely mentioned — is critical in our time: late priesthoods. Men who have “second-career vocations.”
Without them, many churches would be without priests — and without priests, obviously, there is no liturgy.
We were prompted to consider this at Mass last week by a local second-career priest who expressed gratitude to John XXIII for making late-vocations possible.