Christian /Catholic Priests are the ones who deserve the highest level of respect and honor on the earth. A Priest, irrespective of his physical appearance, personality, level of knowledge, capability, nationality, various talents etc… he is to be respected as an agent of the Most High God. No world leaders or the heads of the super power countries do not equal a Priest of Christ. A priest is neither elected by the people nor appointed by any human authority but he is a representative of the Almighty, as a priest is appointed and anointed by God Himself. The saying of St Francis of Assisi who is known as the second Christ, underlines this point. “If I see an Angel and a Priest together, I will first wish the Priest and then the Angel.” St. Jerome the great has said, “All the Praise and worship of the Saints and Angels together with that of Blessed Mother Mary does not equal a Eucharistic Service performed by a Catholic Priest.”
Christian/Catholic Priests used to receive respect from all the people in the past in most of the countries like India for their dedicated and simple life style, exemplary services rendered to the society in the fields of Education, Medical, health, poverty eradication and their struggle to establish human rights without any discrimination of caste, creed, race, color, religious beliefs etc. Some Priests used to serve the society with their Spiritual Power to heal the sick and to drive out demons and evil spirits. They were honored as People from heaven even by the non-Christians.
It is sad indeed when some priests do not rise to the high expectation of the Church, the faithful and the world community itself. Now days we hear a number of stories about erring priests and the religious from around the world. Because of some priests and religious (nuns & brothers) that live forgetting their precious Calling, the Catholic Church has become the center of criticism in some countries. There are some dioceses that had to pay heavily for the wrongs committed by some of its priests. Even the Holy Father, Pope Benedict the XVI had to apologize to the people of many countries for the mistakes of some of the priests of the Catholic Church. When the enemies of the Church try to take undue advantage of all these things, to some extend the faith of an average devotee is also shaken. When some priests defame the Church of Christ because they succumb to their human weakness, there are many priests who are constantly attacked with false accusations without any reason by the vested interests. They bear the pain as they are really spiritual without making any complaints. What ever the reason, no human being is expected to judge or accuse a priest, as he is closely observed by the Lord who made him, appointed him and sent him to his present area of service and it is only HE who has the right to judge him and reward him accordingly.