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Pope Benedict XVI on Priestly Identity

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

These recent quotes from Pope Benedixt XVI deserve more attention (emphasis mine):

“…the particular identity of priests and laity must be seen in the light of the essential difference between priestly ministry and the ‘common priesthood’. Hence it is important to avoid the secularisation of clergy and the ‘clericalisation’ of the laity“.

“…the lack of priests does not justify a more active and abundant participation of the laity. The truth is that the greater the faithful’s awareness of their own responsibilities within the Church, the clearer becomes the specific identity and inimitable role of the priest as pastor of the entire community, witness to the authenticity of the faith, and dispenser of the mysteries of salvation in the name of Christ the Head”.

“The function of the clergy is essential and irreplaceable in announcing the Word and celebrating the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. … For this reason it is vital to ask the Lord to send workers for His harvest; and it is necessary that priests express joy in their faithfulness to their identity”.

The Pope made it clear that “the shortage of priests must not come to be considered as a normal or typical state of affairs for the future“.

Source:
Vatican News Service 09.17.2009 – Nineteenth Year – Num. 156