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Presbyterorum Ordinis 22: Conclusions

CS reaches the end of this analysis of Presbyterorum Ordinis with the document’s own conclusion and exhortation to priests worldwide. The entire 22nd section is presented here, with commentary interspersed. PO 22 begins with a frank admission of the problem … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 18-21: Aids to the Life of Priests

That’s what part three (consisting of sections 18-21) is entitled. First, on aids to encourage the spiritual life … priests share the celebration of the Eucharist, Word and Sacrament, with the laity. They should avail themselves of the sacraments of … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 17: Priests and Poverty

Presbyterorum Ordinis 17 tackles poverty. In sum, it encourages clergy to practice voluntary poverty. Some highlights: By living in the world, let priests know how not to be of the world, according to the word of our Lord and Master. … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 16: On Celibacy

(Celibacy is to be embraced and esteemed as a gift). Perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, commended by Christ the Lord and through the course of time as well as in our own days … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 15: Readiness for Service

Among the virtues that priests must possess for their sacred ministry none is so important as a frame of mind and soul whereby they are always ready to know and do the will of him who sent them and not … Continue reading

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Presybterorum Ordinis 14: A Healthy Balance in the Priestly Life

Continuing an examination of Presybterorum Ordinis, the Vatican II document on the Life and Ministry of Priests, section 14 treats the need for balance in a priest’s life. Reiterating previous points made on adhering one’s life to Christ and the … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 13: Holy Priests

Priests who perform their duties sincerely and indefatigably in the Spirit of Christ arrive at holiness by this very fact. So Presbyterorum Ordinis 13 asserts. First by attending to God’s Word: giving and receiving: Since they are ministers of God’s … Continue reading

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