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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Simply irreplaceable

That's what priests are, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sept. 17 visit with a group of bishops from Brazil.

Emphasizing the essential difference between priestly ministry and the common priesthood of the faithful, the pontiff told the prelates that "the lack of priests does not justify a more active and abundant participation of the laity. The truth is that the greater the faithful's awareness of their own responsibilities within the Church, the clearer becomes the specific identity and inimitable role of the priest as pastor of the entire community, witness to the authenticity of the faith, and dispenser of the mysteries of salvation in the name of Christ the Head."


"The function of the clergy is essential and irreplaceable in announcing the Word and celebrating the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist," he continued. "For this reason it is vital to ask the Lord to send workers for His harvest; and it is necessary that priests express joy in their faithfulness to their identity."


Here's a clip from his address:




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