My Spanish speaking mother in law loved to listen to Padre Alberto. I couldn't blame her, a tall good looking, well spoken priest, whose preaching attracted millions "Padre Oprah" had all the qualities he needed to be successful and thus he was attacked by the enemy, falling into temptation. Faithful Catholics are getting used to the sight of a shamed priest, voicing relief that he wasn't involved in something illegal.
The same thing happened to Fr Francis Mary Stone, and Fr John Bertolucci. Popularity puts a priest in a precarious position for temptation by women who should know better. They both need our prayers, better priestly formation, and a wise superior who can see trouble coming a mile away.I maintain that if Mother Angelica were herself when that young widow came looking for Fr Stone to counsel her, she would have sensed danger and given her a good nun to speak with; result a good priest saved from temptation to leave his vocation and be stuck pushing the health drink zrii.
Or when the good looking parish priest who officiated at my wedding had a long line of young women waiting to speak to him after Mass every Sunday. Could trouble be far behind? Fr Tom didn't make it, he left the priesthood, married, and now works as a professor at a Catholic College. Such a loss to the Church. The last time I heard him talk at a community college, we was praising the wonders of Islam.
We must remember to pray for our priests, the higher they are in the public eye, the more the enemy wants to scandalize us with their downfall. The most tragic is that many times, they go down slowly, taking the purity of their message down with them.
Celibacy is a high calling, but it must be protected in this lascivious anti-Catholic culture. Otherwise, the media fall into a feeding frenzy thinking it's time to tell the Holy Father to permit a married priesthood. We already have a married clergy; Catholic permanent deacons who are married do everything that Protestant Ministers do: baptize, marry, bless, preach, visit the sick, and teach.
Fr Farfalia has a post on the origins of the problem with Fr Alberto.