By Julian Porteous
What kind of priest is required for the 3rd millennium? The cultural and ecclesial panorama has replaced so dramatically during the last fifty years. There are new and difficult forces at paintings influencing the path of tradition, and bearing in at the Church. The priest stands on the intersection of those forces as they play out within the lives of Catholics. now's the time to contemplate the identification, personality, human fact, pastoral orientation and the non secular lifetime of clergymen. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the center of God, additionally contemplating new symptoms of wish rising within the Church lately and searching on the manner during which the Church itself has spoke back to a few of the demanding situations that clergymen have confronted.
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Influence of Pope John Paul II The first most evident aspect of his influence was his drive to make immediate contact with people. He made 104 pastoral visits, or “pilgrimages” as he liked to call them, to countries across the world. 6 million pilgrims. Pope John Paul became the most visible and well known of any pope in history. He brought a dynamic presence of the Church not only into Catholic life, but to world events. When he became pope in 1978 he set about giving definition to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.
Schools seek to foster an altruistic spirit and many students have a keen social conscience. 20 Summary, Catholic Schools at a Crossroads, p. 3. 32 After the Heart of God witness that despite a comprehensive Catholic education students have not being active participants in parish life. There is currently a single digit percentage of Mass attendance by young people leaving our Catholic schools. The impact of the ecclesial context on priests It is true to say that priests have found the ecclesial context for their ministry one that has been a source of much challenge and often insufficient support.
There were large-scale defections from the priesthood. Many priests became unclear about their identity. Many were disheartened and uncertain about their future. The traditional understanding of the role of the priest was being questioned and priestly celibacy was under serious discussion. Seminaries which were full only a decade before began to empty. Moreover there was a crisis in seminary education as many of the old and trusted ways were discarded in search of a new mode of formation. As we know only too well now, some seminaries slipped into serious moral and spiritual decay.