Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Priests must be radically countercultural, says Vatican prefect

Catholic World News - October 05, 2011

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has called upon priests to be radically countercultural as they fight in the “Church’s real field of battle”: “the secret landscape of man’s spirit.”

“In the face of a world anemic of prayer and adoration, the priest is, in the first place, the man of prayer, of adoration, of worship, of the celebration of the Holy Mysteries,” Cardinal Piacenza told the priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “In the face of a world submerged in consumer, pansexual messages, attacked by error, presented in the most seductive aspects, the priest must speak of God and of eternal realities and, to be able to do so with credibility, he must be a passionate believer, as well as ‘clean!’”

Cardinal Piacenza continued:

The priest must accept the impression of being in the midst of people as one who starts from a logic and speaks a language that is different from that of others: “do not conform yourselves to the mentality of this world” (Romans 12:12). He is not like “others.” What people expect from him is, in fact, that he not be “like others.”

“No more precious gift can be given to a community than a priest according to the heart of Christ,” he added. “The hope of the world consists in being able to count, also for the future, on the love of limpid, strong and merciful, free and meek, generous and faithful priestly hearts.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($17,660 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,340.48
50% 50%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Oct. 05, 2011 6:58 PM ET USA

    Excellent! He needs to deliver this message to the heretical priests meeting in Ireland, since they seem not to have a clue about this very matter.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism 2 hours ago
Relax; the Pope didn't change Church teaching with a phone call 3 hours ago
Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20