Paragraphs 191 through 204 will take a more in-depth look at Holy Orders. Subtitle here: Priests, missionary disciples of Jesus Good Shepherd.
Let’s first read what their bishops have to say about the “(i)dentity and mission of priests” in Latin America and the Caribbean:
191. We are joyfully appreciative and grateful that the immense majority of priests live out their ministry faithfully and are a model for others, that they take time for their own ongoing formation, that they cultivate a spiritual life that encourages other priests, centered on hearing the Word of God and on daily celebration of the Eucharist. “My mass is my life and my life is a prolonged mass!”(Hurtado, Alberto, Un Fuego que Enciende Otros Fuegos, pp. 69-70) We also thank those who have been sent to other churches prompted by an authentic missionary spirit.
It’s good to begin with a note of affirmation. I like the emphasis on the spiritual life, and the connection of liturgy to it, and that priests are the best source of encouragement to their colleagues in orders.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.