Monthly Archives: September 2017

Aparecida 199-200: Priests As Disciples, Missionaries, Servants

A summary of the three aspects of ministry expected of clergy: 199. The People of God feel the need for disciple-priests: those who have a deep experience of God, are configured to the heart of the Good Shepherd, docile to … Continue reading

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Music In The Rite of Marriage: SttL 219-224

Nine numbered sections in Sing To The Lord detail the thoughts and directives of the US bishops on liturgical music for weddings. Let’s look at the last six of these and the advice given by the US bishops. Paragraph 219 advises dioceses … Continue reading

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Aparecida 197-198: Other Challenges and the Response to Them

The bishops recognize that some challenges to their priests come from within the structures of the Church itself:   197. Other challenges are of a structural nature, such as the existence of parishes that are too large and make it … Continue reading

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Aparecida 196: Priestly Celibacy

So many of us wring our hands over sex. We fret about the sexuality of others. We worry about our own expressions of it. We know there are times in a person’s life when abstention is objectively best. Yet even … Continue reading

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VNO 7: For The Priest Himself

Those following this series and with long memories of the last post recall the sixth VNO Mass is offered for priests, plural. The seventh gives three complete options for “the priest himself.” I’m thinking a priest’s anniversary (as option C presupposes), or … Continue reading

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Aparecida 195: Spiritual Life of Priests

An expansive project: the spiritual life of the clergy. The bishops touch on a number of important aspects: 195. The third challenge has to do with vital and affective aspects, celibacy, and an intense spiritual life grounded in pastoral charity, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 194: Priestly Ministry Inserted in Contemporary Culture

Forming priests is part of the answer, according to the Aparecida bishops, to the challenge of contemporary culture. If anything the indulgence for social media has deepened in the past decade. So, what is the goal of this formation? To … Continue reading

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