Tuesday, 17 March 2009

On the need for (faithful) priests...


VIS news reports that the Pope has announced a special Year for Priests, in the course of which St John Vianney (pictured left) will be proclaimed patron saint of all priests.

Pope Benedict XVI had some great things to say, and I'll put up the full text once it becomes available, but I just wanted to highlight this particular paragraph from the report, because it is so pertinent to the efforts of several Australian dioceses:

"The centrality of Christ leads to a correct valuation of priestly ministry, without which there would be no Eucharist, no mission, not even the Church. It is necessary then, to ensure that 'new structures' or pastoral organisations are not planned for a time in which it will be possible to 'do without' ordained ministry, on the basis of an erroneous interpretation of the promotion of the laity, because this would lay the foundations for a further dilution in priestly ministry, and any supposed 'solutions' would, in fact, dramatically coincide with the real causes of the problems currently affecting the ministry".

Brisbane again...

And on congregationalism at play, St John Vianney seems a very appropriate saint to pray for in relation to the ongoing drama in Brisbane, where CathNews reports that mediation proceedings have broken down, and they are now headed for court.

You might also want to petition the saint for his intercession on the situation in Linz, where the priest who led the charge against Mgr Wagner admitted to living in open violation of clerical celibacy and has now been removed from his position as Dean - but not from his parish. Cathcon has the latest in this saga.

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