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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Priests' spiritual role comes first

So said Archbishop Willem Jacobus Eijk of Utrecht in the Netherlands during an address at last week's international gathering for priests in Rome.

Here are excerpts from his speech:

“I don’t want to underestimate the importance of the social role of priests, who although ‘in a certain sense are segregated in the heart of the People of God,’ yet they do not remain ‘separated from this same people or from any man’ with whom they live and for whom they work in a particular age and culture. ..."

"[Nevertheless] “we seek to train future priests and focus on their spiritual identity. Priests are exposed daily to pressure, tension and the disillusionment related to the proclamation of the Gospel in a society that is not very open to the Christian faith.”

Click HERE to see more from Catholic News Agency.

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