After the Heart of God: The Life and Ministry of Priests at by Julian Porteous

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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 over the last fifty years. There are new and difficult forces at paintings influencing the path 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 think about the identification, personality, human fact, pastoral orientation and the non secular lifetime of monks. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the guts of God, additionally contemplating new symptoms of desire rising within the Church lately and looking out on the method during which the Church itself has replied to a couple of the demanding situations that clergymen have confronted.

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He is the conduit of mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance. He becomes the conduit of the healing presence of the Lord for the dying in the Sacrament of Anointing. He is the conduit of the Holy Spirit changing bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ in the Mass. The priest is simply the means by which the grace of God 43 See Is 50:5. The beautiful and moving “Servant Song” found in Isaiah presents this faithful servant of God who is attentive to the will and intentions of God, who “listens as a disciple”, is prepared to be a “suffering servant”, accepting abuse and ridicule and eventually physical suffering in the cause to which he has been called.

P. 84. , p. 97. 32 This directory sought to move beyond a theological reflection on the priesthood and consider a wide range of aspects of the life of priests. It spoke to issues of the qualities needed for a priest as well as priests receiving effective support from one another. The directory was clearly aware of the challenges that priests faced, and it sought to offer advice and guidance to them. It revealed a clear sympathy with what priests were experiencing and it wanted to affirm particularly that priests were part of a priestly brotherhood.

60 After the Heart of God the community? The classical text used to depict the specific nature of the priesthood is that in the Letter to the Hebrews, “Every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Heb 5:1). This text reminds us of the essential task of the priest. While there has been much emphasis placed on the pastoral role of the priest in the parish community, it is important to emphasise that his first and primary role is that of being an intermediary between God and people.

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