Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Clericalism rules when the spirit of prophecy is lost, Pope warns

Catholic World News - December 16, 2013

When priests miss the spirit of prophecy, they lapse into clericalism, Pope Francis warned in a homily at Mass on Monday, December 16.

Commenting on the day’s Gospel, in which the Pharisees questioned Jesus’ authority, the Pontiff said that the Pharisee “didn’t understand the prophecies,” because they were not attentive to the Word of God. Instead, he remarked, “they had only their authority.”

True prophets listen carefully to the Word of God, the Pope continued. “God looks after his people by giving them prophets in the hardest times,” to encourage them, said Pope Francis. But if the spirit of prophecy is lost, the message of encouragement is lost as well.

“When there is no prophecy amongst the people of God, the emptiness that is created gets filled by clericalism,” the Pope said. Clerics rely on their own authority, rather than on the Word. And when clericalism becomes dominant, the Pope said, the Word of God is not clearly heard, and “true believers weep because they cannot find the Lord.”

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($24,977 to go):
$150,000.00 $125,022.96
17% 83%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The cardinal who can't let go 2 hours ago
Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17