In an address to bishops in Madagascar, Pope Francis warns his audience not to let the fear of not enough priests justify them being undiscerning in priestly formation and accept men into the priesthood who aren?t striving for holiness. He says, ?I appreciate your efforts to ensure the formation of authentic and holy workers for the abundant harvest that awaits us in the field of the Lord.?
Then the pope goes on to warn against a particular attitude that he sees as a problem for priests:
?Furthermore, I would like to emphasize an attitude that I do not like, because it does not come from God: rigidity. Today it is fashionable, I do not know about here, but in other parts of the world it is fashionable, to find rigid people. Young, rigid priests, who want to save with rigidity, perhaps, I don?t know, but they take this attitude of rigidity and sometimes ? excuse me ? from the museum. They are afraid of everything, they are rigid. Be careful, and know that under any rigidity there are serious problems.?