We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One does not need to be Roman Catholic to appreciate this.
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by the Revered James Martin, SJ (My Life with the Saints) is a practical spiritual guidebook based on the life and teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Centered around the Ignatian goal of “finding God in all things,” The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything shows us how to manage relationships, money, work, prayer, and decision-making, all while keeping a sense of humor. Filled with user-friendly examples, humorous stories, and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers...
Agree, he has even been corrected by Francis once, as hard as that is to believe. Pray for our religious leaders no matter how human they all tend to be. Pray for the real Catholic church in China too...
The facts are the facts even when you disagree with them. I suppose that some priests have been married at some point in their life. Ditto for having children. But most, perhaps 99% have not and yet they choose to give advice anyway.
The rest is true as well. I would argue that a grandfather/mother or even a bartender would be better qualified to give life advice.
On your prejudiced logic, for example one ought to only consult a doctor who has contracted one's own disease. Anyway, it matters not in the slightest what you think of priests. The truth and reality are what they are and we will all answer for the part we play in it and no amount of prejudice or the denial it conceals will change that.
A lot of Jesuits have gone astray, though few if any to the degree that Martin has, but there are still fine men in the Order. Right now, I'm reading Fr. Robert J. Spitzer's 'New Proofs For The Existence Of God', which is a tremendous exercise in physis and philosophy (he is both a physicist and a philosopher). Highly recommended.
Being married is not a qualifier for giving sound marriage advice. I know a lot of people who have been divorced, some multiple times. I wouldn't take their advice. At least a priest understands the purpose of marriage. That's more than most people.
I don't know much about the SJs. I don't think they usually run a parish and are probably your stereotypical egg heads. But you obviously have never known a parish priest or watched the goings-on of any church. A priest works harder than most people, six days a week and is on call 24/7. They are commanded to not live in a bubble. Even a small parish has a couple of paid employees and a budget to cover all sorts of business activity.
My priest worked as a bartender while in seminary. How does that fit into your model? Another was a corporate headhunter into his 50s when he became a priest. Yes, he was never married, but he is not naive to the world. Our Bishop was a cnc machinist prior to joining thte priesthood.
Not prejudice, that implies no knowledge of the facts. Lets see... Priests don't marry, they are celibate and they have no children. I guess I was right and they are offering advice on something that they know nothing about. One could say that they are even culturally appropriating.