We’re getting close to the end of one of the longest chapters of the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (which can be found on this link at the Vatican site).
245. There is also a special need to accompany young men and women showing leadership potential, so that they can receive training and the necessary qualifications.
I would affirm this. Honing the abilities discussed in CV 244: listening above the others. Also training in making disciples. Obviously, those showing potential would need to be already-active disciples.
The young people who met before the Synod called for “programs for the formation and continued development of young leaders. Some young women feel that there is a lack of leading female role models within the Church and they too wish to give their intellectual and professional gifts to the Church.
Certainly, there’s a paucity of female role models compared to men among canonized saints, not to mention clergy. Among lay ministers in North America, women have a clear majority.
We also believe that seminarians and religious should have an even greater ability to accompany young leaders”.[Document of the Pre-Synodal Meeting for the Preparation of the XV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Rome (24 March 2018), 12.]
This is needed, of course. But this quality isn’t usually at the top of the list for discernment with men and women entering religious life or seminary.
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