Will someone please explain to me the issue with writing in the passive voice? I know that it’s wrong. Every English teacher I’ve ever had said so (though the most critical proofreader was always Microsoft Word).

It seems that the proliferation of the passive voice in my writing is due to trying to sound like I write well. Passive voice ads a bit of mystique and flow, though I’m sure there are many writers that would argue otherwise.

Maybe it was the pressure in high school to write more descriptively, which perverted my writing into “flowery” instead.

The Internet isn’t coming up with a compelling reason to abstain from the passive voice; does anyone here have a good reason? I understand active voice assigns responsibility for an action, but isn’t there a case (or several) where passive works well?