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Sunday, March 02, 2008
  Does God see a need for Priests in the West

We are asked in the Church, by the priests to pray for vocations. In the west this is a waste of time. We have enough priests to support the way we are taught and the way in which we practice our religion and for sure in the minimalist way we are taught by the badly formed priests to be catholic. I bet the majority of you will disagree. If I am wrong why then did the Vatican promulgate this warning.

Parish Priest Seen as Premier Catechist

MADRID, Spain, FEB. 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The priest is the premier catechist of a parish, and catechists need the presence of the parish priest to maintain their motivation, said the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes said this today while speaking at the Faculty of Theology San Dámaso in
Madrid on "The Priest and the Ministry of Catechesis."

The priest is "the premier catechist of the parish," he said, adding that "catechists need the presence of the parish priest to be motivated."

"Many parish priests don't accompany their catechists," said the cardinal. He said that the work of the priest is "to watch the fundamental orientation of the catechesis."

This is only part of the iceberg. Many priests in the west will not hear confession as it is as they tell us, "You have a psychological problem". Churches are closed during the week. Many do not visit the sick, nor do they carry out many spiritual works or corporal works of mercy. They spend more time acting like their Bishop as a CEO of a large business, looking after expenses and worrying about the receivables dwindling. How then can any priest claim to be busy other than making sure the Church Roof does not leak. The Church grounds are clear of snow, washrooms are clean and taps do not leak. Most of their daily lives are not spiritual and in spite of all their claims, it is apparent little or none of them, in so many hours of their day, spend time in prayer. Am I wrong about their ineptitude? Look at the fruits of their parishioners. Look how many have no outward signs of grace. Men walk around the church with their hands in their pockets; reverence is at a minimum; the lines for communion are far shorter by a tremendous magnitude than the line for confessions. The lines for confession can honestly be seen as less on Sundays than 5% of those who take communion. Have they ever taught on the effective graces of the Sacraments and how to be disposed to earn them? How often are the priests seen in prayer regularly with their sheep? I mean those who cannot due to their secular lives attend daily mass.

Tell me of the mind wearing, the brain tiring, work done by western priests in ministering the sacraments. As a sacrificing minister he, the priest uses God’s providential ways for our redemption. Now tell me would God see the priests in the west so tired He needs to form more?

 




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