On the Catholic Priesthood
The Deplorable Results of Ignorance in a Priest
The ignorance of priests and the disorders which follow upon it very largely account for the loss of faith and morals in a country.
This the enemies of the Church know perfectly well. When at the outbreak of the French Revolution the clergy were called upon to take the oath to the Civil Constitution, Mirabeau said: Educated priests will refuse to take this oath, and once we have driven them out and brought the cloisters into disrepute, we can replace them with men destitute of faith and morals, who will do more to aid us in robbing France of her Catholicity than we can possibly do with all our decrees.