Careerism harms Church, Pope tells future Vatican diplomats
Catholic World News - June 06, 2013
Pope Francis warned future Vatican diplomats against the danger of careerism in a June 6 address to students at the Pontifical Ecclesial Academy, the institution that trains priests for the Vatican diplomatic service.
The Pope encouraged students to “live these years of your preparation with commitment, generosity, and greatness of soul.” With that training, he said, they would find the personal freedom necessary for their work.
That freedom, the Pope continued, “means being free from personal projects.” It also means being free from one’s own cultural background—“not not to forget it and even less to deny it, but to open yourselves, in charity, to understanding diverse cultures.”
“Above all,” the Pope said, “it means being vigilant in order to be free from personal ambitions or aims, which can cause so much harm to the Church.” He challenged the young priests to cultivate “a self-detachment that can only be achieved through an intense spiritual journey.”
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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,333 to go):
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!