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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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Presbyterorum Ordinis 12: Seeking Holiness

Presbyterorum Ordinis 12 is a pep talk to encourage priests to stay on the track toward holiness. Like all other Christians (priests) have received in the sacrament of Baptism the symbol and gift of such a calling and such grace … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 11: The Challenge of Inspiring Others To Serve

This section concludes PO’s chapter 2, the Ministry of Priests, and deals in brief with recruiting. PO 11 refers to the “duty” being part of the “priestly mission” begun with the apostles. But this is again a shared responsibility, to … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 10: Distribution

Presbyterorum Ordinis 10 deals with the distribution of priests in the Church. Leading off … The spiritual gift which priests receive at their ordination prepared them not for a sort of limited and narrow mission but for the widest possible … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 9b: Responsibilities In and Out of the Flock

Finishing up section 9, we read priests are to be defenders of the common good and also strenuous assertors of the truth, lest the faithful be carried about by every wind of doctrine. I guess we’re kind of vulnerable in … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 9a: A Priest’s Checklist

Presbyterorum Ordinis 9 contains a few surprisingly strong statements about what priests and laity hold in common in God’s household, grounding these thoughts in baptism: the great equalizer. Priests are intended to be leaders, yes, but in the example of … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 8: Priests as Brothers

All priests are sent as co-workers in the same apostolate, whether they engage in parochial or extra-parochial ministry. This is true whether they devote their efforts to scientific research or teaching, or whether by manual labor they share in the … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 7: The Beginning of Relationships

This begins section 2 of chapter 2, “Priests’ Relationships with Others,” starting with a reference to the common bond between priests and bishops by virtue of their shared ordination in Christ. Therefore, on account of this communion in the same … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 6: Obligations to the Flock

As a liturgist, I’m drawn to the observation made yet again: Ceremonies however beautiful, or associations however flourishing, will be of little value if they are not directed toward the education of (people) to Christian maturity. And that maturity is … Continue reading

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