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Leave behind Tridentine model of priesthood, embrace synodality, Cardinal Hollerich bids parish priests

May 06, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: On the last day of Parish Priests for the Synod—an international meeting of parish priests at the Vatican—Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, encouraged participants “to become ambassadors of synodality, to be full participants in a synodal Church, to become with all the people of God, missionary disciples of Jesus.”

“Many times their training and their reality have been oriented towards a Tridentine model of the priesthood,” Cardinal Hollerich, the relator-general of the synod on synodality, said of parish priests, in an address to Pope Francis in the presence of participants. “And now they see that the identity they had for centuries is crumbling, and sometimes this identity is lost ... and there is the danger of wanting to build a new identity based on the experience of the past.”

“The identity of priests and parish priests (even bishops) is given to us by the Holy Spirit when we walk with the people,” he continued. “Then the sacraments are no longer the expression of a ritualism in search of identity, but become a true rite where God communicates himself to his people.”

Cardinal Hollerich’s reference to the “Tridentine model of the priesthood” appears to be a reference to the Council of Trent’s teaching on the priesthood, and not simply a reference to the traditional Latin Mass.

The archbishop of Luxembourg, now 65, gained notoriety in 2022 when he said that Catholic teaching on homosexuality is “false.” In 2023, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Hollerich to his nine-member advisory Council of Cardinals.

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  • Posted by: padre3536 - May. 06, 2024 1:55 PM ET USA

    Saint John the Beloved, pray for us...we are seeing the children of satan doing his deeds as God the Holy Spirit gave witness in your Gospel chapter 8...thank Saint John for your prayers... Wonderful Saints page you have today, graces and mercies in JMJ

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 06, 2024 10:01 AM ET USA

    The Tridentine model of priesthood gave the Church a multitude of Saints over the centuries, while the couple of years of "synodality" kept Rupnik a priest in good standing with the Vatican.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 06, 2024 7:53 AM ET USA

    The Council of Trent responded to a crisis of priestly training at the time of Protestant Reformation. Trent mandated seminaries throughout the Church in order to teach young men to "persevere in ecclesiastical discipline" and to protect them from being "inclined to follow after the pleasure of the world," and acquiring "the habits of vice." Why would any faithful Catholic object to that?