Saturday, 12 September 2009

Latest year of the priest message

From the National Catholic Reporter:

Cardinal Hummes to Priests: Stay Close to Christ
Posted by Edward Pentin
Thursday, September 10, 2009 12:34 PM

"Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has warned against priests who have an “insufficient and superficial” encounter with Jesus Christ, saying this can turn their ministry into a “kind of clerical profession” in which they carry out their duties “like officials.”

...The priest, Cardinal Hummes added, must...Be a man of love, of brotherhood, kindness, forgiveness and mercy to all,” he continued.

....However, the cardinal stressed “we must not lose heart or be afraid of today’s society, or simply condemn it. Be pastors and lead the community: this is identity that Christ has created and to which the priest must look.”

1 comment:

Quasi Seminarian said...

You cannot give what you do not have. The priesthood serves no purpose unless it's roots are in Christ.

I am gladded by this year and find it to be sensible following on from a year devoted to St. Paul who contributed a part of Sacred Scripture. A solid understanding of the priesthood is essential if we wish to have more men who devote themselves solely to the work of the Gospel.