"The Angelic Doctor St. Thomas long ago proposed this difficulty, and answers it with his usual lucidity and wisdom: "God never abandons His Church; and so the number of priests will be always sufficient for the needs of the faithful, provided the worthy are advanced and the unworthy sent away."
The same Doctor and Saint, basing himself upon the severe words quoted by the fourth Ecumenical Council of the Lateran, observes to Our purpose: "Should it ever become impossible to maintain the present number, it is better to have a few good priests than a multitude of bad ones."
"What a terrifying account, Venerable Brethren, We shall have to give to the Prince of Shepherds, to the Supreme Bishop of souls, if we have handed over these souls to incompetent guides and incapable leaders."
Pope Pius XI ( Ad Catholici Sacerdottii, Encyclical on the Catholic Priesthood)
Prayer for Priest-Shepherds
Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock we pray that in the great love and mercy of Your Sacred Heart You attend to all the needs of Your priests-shepherds throughout the world.
We ask that You draw back to Your Heart all those priests who have seriously strayed from Your path, that You rekindle the desire for holiness in the hearts of those priests who have become lukewarm, and that You continue to give Your fervent priests the desire for the highest holiness.
United with Your Heart and Maryʼs Heart, we ask that You take this petition to Your heavenly Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.