Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

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Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby allmylovingdays » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:53 am

a priest. can anyone tell me??

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby miladytn » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:06 pm

I think it's a bit of all three. I remember Eric telling Nicole about the horrible conditions he saw in the Congo. Didn't he tell a story about helping a priest there? And then wanting to continue the priest's work after the priest died or was killed. Hope that helps.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby allmylovingdays » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:32 pm

Thanks. I was hoping after yesterday he gave us something else away about his personality. I guess not.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby zuzu61 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Quote allmylovingdays: a priest. can anyone tell me??


OMGoodness amld.. I'm glad you asked this.. I went over to the Cast List and found this. I had no idea. How traumatic..
So what do you think??

From the Cast List:
...Sami, Marlena and Sami's children have visited Eric in Colorado since he left Salem and returned November 13, 2012... as a priest. He was keeping a secret, that he was a photographer in South Africa when he saw something terrible. A priest stood up for a child who would otherwise have been murdered and took her place. He was killed in front of Eric, who couldn't forgive himself for not taking the child's place.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby zuzu61 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:04 pm

Quote miladytn: I think it's a bit of all three. I remember Eric telling Nicole about the horrible conditions he saw in the Congo. Didn't he tell a story about helping a priest there? And then wanting to continue the priest's work after the priest died or was killed. Hope that helps.




Thanks miladytn.. You were right. I didn't know this. So Sad.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby Euskadi » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:40 pm

As a Catholic we believe that nuns, priests and monks have a special calling from God to serve their fellow man in whatever capacity God wishes. Some are members of religious orders such as the Jesuits, the Franciscans, the Dominicans, etc. Some are secular who belong to a diocese under the direction of a bishop. Those who are called spend many years in training. They take the vows of poverty,chastity, and obedience. Many of the people who are called to the religious life dedicate their lives to bringing Gods word and helping the poor, the homeless, the troubled. Many have taught in Catholic schools and still teach in Catholic universities. Unfortunately, within the past 20-30 years the Catholic Clergy has been enmeshed in the clergy sex scandal. However, for every bad priest there are thousands who do live a life of holiness and service to their people, and yes many do fall in love and leave the religious life. I think Father Eric wants to be faithful to his vows and wants to be a good priest and I think Nicole is beginning to realize Father Eric's true calling. Only time will tell.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby fadingrose » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:07 am

I find the "why" and "when" background of Eric's call to the priesthood very murky. Did he suddenly decide that's what he needed to do? Was he already a priest when he witnessed the tragedy in Africa? If so, when and for how long were his studies in a seminary? The archdiocese would hardly assign Eric to the Salem parish unless he fulfilled all the steps on the normal road to ordination. I'm not a Roman Catholic, but even to me, something doesn't make sense...

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby dazgonby » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:59 am

Quote zuzu61:
Quote allmylovingdays: a priest. can anyone tell me??


OMGoodness amld.. I'm glad you asked this.. I went over to the Cast List and found this. I had no idea. How traumatic..
So what do you think??

From the Cast List:
...Sami, Marlena and Sami's children have visited Eric in Colorado since he left Salem and returned November 13, 2012... as a priest. He was keeping a secret, that he was a photographer in South Africa when he saw something terrible. A priest stood up for a child who would otherwise have been murdered and took her place. He was killed in front of Eric, who couldn't forgive himself for not taking the child's place.


Yes this is what he told Nicole and he blames himself for not taking the child's place.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby HouseTops » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:20 am

Eric is a man first and everything else second.

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Re: Vocation, calling or guilt, why did Eric become

Postby allmylovingdays » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:57 am

Euskadi, thanks that's what I remember too about nuns and priest. That's why I've hated it from the beginning that they wanted to put Eric into this situation. We knew from the get go he was here for Niki. I couldn't imagine it, still can't because the character isn't defined enough for me and is way too boring but when the system was acting up Tuesday I didn't pay attention to him at the pub and wondered if maybe I missed something when he talked to Niki.

I knew already about the death of the priest that's why I put in my title 'guilt'. I wondered if he addressed his so called vocation or calling or did he tell Niki exactly what she wanted to hear it was guilt that called him and he could be swayed somehow to leave.


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