“I became a priest because I wanted to be a missionary. To do so I travelled over 2000 miles to give my life for the people. I knew that the Lord would do the rest. This year I will complete my 60th year in the priesthood, and I have never regretted it even for a single day.”
Far more “humiliating,” to use the pope’s language, is the fact that, on a list of priorities for the church ranked by importance, the Catholics questioned put the persecution of Christians as their “last” priority of the issues they were most concerned about — below poverty and global warming.