St. John Eudes:
"The most evident mark of God's anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than charity and affection of devoted shepherds . . . When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them. That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, 'Return, o ye revolting children ... and I will give you pastors according to My own heart' (Jer. 3:14-15). Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge upon the people in consequence of sin."