When priests say that it is important to "meet the people where they are at", there is a hidden judgment. They are assuming that the priests are far better than the people, that priests are high and people are low, so that the priests have to stoop down to "meet the people".
Contrary to this modern idea about preaching, Jesus says that the sower scatters the same seed on all the ground - not just on the ground that seems good to him.
If a priest refuses to preach about the "hard teachings" (contraception, abortion, women's ordination, adoration, etc), he is failing in generosity and pronouncing judgement on his people - assuming that they are poor soil which won't bear fruit anyways and therefore that they don't deserve to receive the fullness of the Church's teachings.
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