This is an understandably older post, but I couldn't help but comment! I actually got done reading Adrian Walker's interview "Salt of the Earth" and I found it to be enriching and intriguing! Upon looking for articles and discussions, I found this thread. I'm actually rather shocked that no one else has added more to this discussion! The interview with Peter Seewald is extremely interesting!
If I may add my own tidbit, there was one singular question that stuck out in my mind by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger :
Has Christianity really brought salvation, has it brought redemption, or hasn't it actually remained fruitless? Hasn't Christianity perhaps by now lost its power?
The reason I find this statement/question so intriguing is because we can ALL ask ourselves this question and obtain a different answer each time. Christianity holds different meaning to different people. In fact, how would one really ANALYZE this question? What does this question even mean? Is salvation is a continuous process? Definitely something to think about!
I for one can testify that the faith has not been fruitless, nor has it lost its power. Sewald well articulates the world's view of it; that it should be judged by worldly standards and found wanting. Yet, like the finger of God writing on an ancient wall, it still judges the world and finds the world wanting. Our hearts are still restless, and they still only find rest in God. If the world fails to recognize the fruit of redemption and the power of salvation, it is because it first did not recognize Him when He walked among them. Yet He brought them for those who would receive Him. Oh, the mystery and power of God, and the mystery of iniquity behind which we hide.
As this is the Vocations forum, the purpose of my original post was the particular quote from the Holy Father regarding raising "worthy men" to Holy Orders as opposed to the current seminary system; Both have served well, both are fraught with problems. And since tomorrow is the feast of one of my favorite saints, a layman who found himself thrust into Holy Orders, I recommend reading:
St Alphonsus Turibius, Confessor, Archbishop of Lima 1538-1606 http://www.ewtn.com/library/mary/turibius.htm
St Turibius, pray for vocations!