URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $9,673 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Priests are not executives, Pope reminds congregation

Catholic World News - June 06, 2014

In his homily at a morning Mass on June 6, Pope Francis said that every priest should ask himself regularly: “Am I a pastor, or an employee of this NGO called the Church?”

A priest cannot work effectively as a pastor if he thinks of himself as a sort of corporate executive, the Pope said. A pastor must be a shepherd, ready to sacrifice for his flock.

Nor should priests expect tangible evidence of success in their ministry, the Pope continued. Serving Christ, they should expect “to end up as He did,” the Pontiff said—sacrificing their lives without winning public acclaim. He reminded his congregation that Christian love is like a seed of grain, which dies “so that the fruit can be born.”

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 ($63,323 to go):
$150,000.00 $86,677.12
42% 58%
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: unum - Jun. 07, 2014 12:11 AM ET USA

    Many bishops and pastors see themselves as financial managers or politicians because of the U.S. Church's preoccupation with both subjects. After an aggressive diocesan appeal in 2013, it was immediately followed by a capital "gift" campaign at Christmas and plans for another major capital campaign in 2014. Our diocesan newspaper features "Letter to the Editor" debates on political issues that put many secular papers to shame. The Holy Spirit gets a small article on page 20!

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days