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L'Osservatore Romano: Good priests holding faithful back from Francis' revolution

A long piece from the failing Vatican newspaper, but the key portion is below, translated by Rorate's Francesca Romana. Francis' war on good priests -- and on all faithful Catholics -- continues: 

HABIT IS NOT FAITHFULNESS: The Conversion asked for by Pope Francis
The greatest obstacle that hampers conversion -- which Pope Francis wants the Church to do -- is  constituted in some measure, by the behavior of a good part of the clergy, both high and low [ranked]. Behavior, at times, of non-communication if not hostility. Like the disciples in the Garden of Olives, His disciples are still asleep. The fact is disconcerting. For this reason the phenomenon ought to be examined deeply, in its causes and modalities. The clergy drags the community behind them, which, on the contrary, should be accompanied in this extraordinary moment in time. A great part of the faithful have understood this favorable time, despite everything, this kairós, the Lord is giving to His community. A great part of the faithful are celebrating. Yet, the portion closest to somewhat unenlightened priests are kept inside old horizons, the horizon of habitual practices, of outmoded language, of repetitive thought of no vitality. Deep down, the Sanhedrin was always faithful to itself, rich in devout obedience to the past, mistaken for faithfulness to tradition, poor in prophecy. What are the reasons for all this?
First place on the list has probably got to be the modest cultural level of a part of the clergy, be they high or low- ranked. We cannot generalize and therefore, we have no difficulty in admitting that there are many exceptions in this state of things, fortunately. In many priests, unfortunately, theological culture is scant and even less so is their Biblical preparation. The cause of this deplorable state of things is easily identifiable. When a course of studies at the university level, just to give an example, does not leave the student with the desire to think, to continue studying, to exercise a minimum critical sense (of things), it means that it has failed in its task. The approach of a great number of seminaries does not favor the forming of a mentality of work and commitment. The years of preparation for the priesthood should foster the awareness about the necessity of the office as a true and proper job. Like any other person the priest also works to earn his bread.