30Sep Breaking open priesthood

A speech by Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, Sydney, gives food for thought about the future of priesthood in the church.
".... these vestiges of the Tridentine Model of priesthood are powerful symbols of the clerical class. It is part of the ecclesiology that emphasises the ontological change and separation of the ordained from the faithful. It is a powerful ingredient and ideal condition for the disease of clericalism to fester.
I hold that it is time for this exalted model of priesthood to be consigned to the past. Instead, we must rediscover the specific and full charism of the priesthood within the matrix of the universal priesthood of the faithful. The priesthood cannot be lived fully apart from the community of disciples."
"If we are to break open the priesthood and allow the ministries of the baptised to flourish, I think we will need to revisit the clerical and patriarchal culture along with its many institutional dynamics such as titles, privileges, customs, structures etc.".

30Sep Partners but never Rivals

Brian Eyre, writing from Brazil, outlines his vision of how priesthood may evolve in the (near) future.

30Sep 30 September. Saturday, Week 25

Saint Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church

1st Reading: Zechariah 2:1-4, 10-11 (NRSV)

Jerusalem will be a haven of peace for all nations

I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then I … Read the rest