From the start, the bishops zero in on a point relevant to our recent discussion on lay preaching and clergy responsibilities:
“The primary duty of priests is the proclamation of the Gospel of God to all.” These clear, straightforward words of the Second Vatican Council (Presbyterorum Ordinis 4) may come as something of a surprise to us. We might more spontaneously think that the primary duty of priests is the celebration of the Church’s sacraments, or the pastoral care of the People of God, or the leadership of a Christian community. Yet, the words of the document are clear: the proclamation of the Gospel is primary. The other duties of the priest are to be considered properly presbyteral to the degree that they support the proclamation of the Gospel.
It was almost three years ago we discussed PO 4, back on the old blogspot location.
How does this statement on the “primary duty of priests” square with the centrality of the Eucharist? With the option for lay preaching? Even with the role of the deacon?
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