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By Julian Porteous
What kind of priest is required for the 3rd millennium? The cultural and ecclesial panorama has replaced so dramatically during the last fifty years. There are new and not easy forces at paintings influencing the course of tradition, and bearing in at the Church. The priest stands on the intersection of those forces as they play out within the lives of Catholics. now could be the time to contemplate the identification, personality, human fact, pastoral orientation and the religious lifetime of monks. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the guts of God, additionally contemplating new symptoms of wish rising within the Church in recent years and looking out on the approach during which the Church itself has spoke back to a couple of the demanding situations that clergymen have confronted.
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They expect one who is available to embrace them and walk with them “in the valley of death” (see Ps 23:4). The people look to the priest as a spiritual father. They see him as one who has laid down his life for them in the sense of the sacrifice of his life to the priesthood. Indeed, they prefer to relate to him as a father, rather than a mate. A priest, sure of who he is, will be content to be seen as a father, and will not want to water down the sacredness of the relationship. Being a father is one of the singular sources of consolation for the priest.
Simply, the ministry of the priest brings the saving power of Christ, won by his death on the cross, into people’s lives. The mind of Christ on this issue is very clear. From the inception of his public ministry Jesus quite deliberately sought out and called certain men to himself: “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mk 1:17). In the Gospel of Mark, when the Lord sent out his disciples, he gave them authority not only to speak but to act in his name, drawing upon his power to heal and save: “He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits”.
A spiritual father People have traditionally addressed the priest as “father”. A priest is seen as a spiritual father. He has renounced the possibility of generating children ‘according to the flesh’, to generate children “in the Spirit” (See Jn 1:13). The missions of evangelisation, catechesis, and the bestowing of sacraments are means by which a priest has a spiritual fruitfulness. St Paul understood this only too well. He said to the Corinthians, “For I became your father in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel” (1 Cor 4:15).