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Church Being Given Chance to Rediscover Priesthood [Year of the Priest] ^ | JUNE 10, 2009 | as given by Cardinal Francis George

Posted on 06/20/2009 9:24:47 PM PDT by Salvation

Church Being Given Chance to Rediscover Priesthood

US Bishops' Leader Reflects on Heart of Ministry

CHICAGO, JUNE 10, 2009 ( Though the priesthood has recently undergone a "purification," the Church is being given an opportunity to rediscover what its all about, says the president of the U.S. episcopal conference.

Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago, affirmed this in his column this week for the archdiocesan newspaper, Catholic New World. He dedicated the article to the Year for Priests, called by Benedict XVI for June 19 - June 11, 2010.

Noting some of the problems facing the world -- issues ranging from home foreclosures, to nuclear disarmament, to domestic violence -- the cardinal affirmed: "What strikes me is that these issues, like all issues in the Church, can’t move forward without attention from our priests."

He noted that the Holy Father's proclamation of a Year for Priests is "to help all of us revisit what the faith tells us a priest is and to encourage ordained priests in their lives of service and dedication."

Cardinal George announced that the U.S. episcopal conference is offering resources for the year, including a prayer available in English and Spanish.


Then, the Chicago archbishop illustrated his reflection by recounting the conversations he recently had with a prelate from Cuba.

The episcopal conference president recalled: "[The Cuban bishop] told me that less than 2% of Cubans practice their religion, partially because of the scarcity of churches but also because of the atheist propaganda and because one is penalized for practicing the faith by being excluded from professions like teaching or the practice of law.

"Nevertheless, about 55% of Cubans still baptize their children and many still visit the national shrine on special occasions, even though the Church is without schools, youth groups, charitable organizations, regular means of communication and the institutions that are taken for granted as part of Church life here."

Cardinal George noted how until the visit of Pope John Paul II just over 10 years ago, the government limited the number of priests on the island to 200.

"If a bishop wanted to ordain a priest, he had to wait until another priest died," the cardinal explained.

He added: "The bishop told me that he began two new parishes last year. What does it mean to start a parish in Cuba? After years of personal formation, each of two newly ordained priests was sent into a neighborhood and told to begin gathering people to listen to the Gospel and to celebrate Mass and the other sacraments when and where he could.

"The parishes would probably never have a church building or anything else we would regard as normal and necessary. They would have only what the Church had at Pentecost: Faith in the risen Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the ministry of the apostles and those appointed by them to love and govern the people in Christ’s name."

The cardinal concluded his reflection acknowledging that "[r]ecent years have been hard on the priesthood, as it has undergone what Pope John Paul II called a 'purification.'"

"Perhaps, however," he said, "this Year of the Priest will be the occasion to discover again what priesthood really is and to support the overwhelming majority of faithful priests here and throughout the country."

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; cult; yearofthepriest
Pray for all priests during the Year of the Priest.
1 posted on 06/20/2009 9:24:47 PM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 06/20/2009 9:29:18 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Running On Empty


3 posted on 06/20/2009 9:59:42 PM PDT by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words:"It's too late"))
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To: Running On Empty

I just posted another and have several more. Keep marking. LOL!

4 posted on 06/20/2009 10:07:49 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Good post and a good start will be to get rid of all the liberal bishops and cardinals who have wrecked the liturgy and the church starting with Cardinal Mahony.

5 posted on 06/20/2009 10:09:01 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

It’s already happening. I think we will be happiest with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gets a new Archbishop!

6 posted on 06/20/2009 10:10:45 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: All
Jesus, High Priest
Jesus. High Priest

The Year of the Priest

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

7 posted on 10/17/2009 9:57:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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