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EXCERPTS FROM THE DIRECTORY ON THE MINISTRY & LIFE OF PRIESTS
The following was included with this writer's Nov. 13, 2000 letter to Pope John Paul II:
The following are excerpts from the Directory On The Ministry And Life Of Priests, issued by the Congregation For The Clergy on March 31, 1994:
In order to be a good guide of his People, the priest must also be attentive to the signs of the times: those larger and deeper ones which concern the universal Church and Its sojourn in the history of man, and those which more closely affect the specific situation of a particular community" (Point #56).
In spite of the reality of a loss of the sense of sin, greatly extended in the culture of our times, the priest must practice, with joy and dedication, the ministry of the formation of consciences, pardon and peace" (Point #51).
Like any good faithful, the priest also needs to confess his own sins and weaknesses. He is the first to realize that the practice of this sacrament reinforces his faith and charity toward God and his brothers...it is good for the faithful to see and know that their priests go to confession regularly; the entire priestly existence falls into decay if there is lacking, through neglect or for any other motive, the periodic recourse, inspired by true faith and devotion, to the Sacrament of Penance. In a priest who no longer went to confession or did so poorly, his essence and action as priest would feel the effects very quickly, as would the community of which he is pastor" (Point #53).
Canon Law 392-1 states:
"Since the Bishop must defend the unity of the universal Church, he is bound to foster the discipline which is common to the whole Church, and so press for the observance of all ecclesiastical laws."
Canon Law 392-2 states:
"He is to ensure that abuses do not creep into esslesiastical discipline, especially concerning the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God, and the cult of the Saints, and the administration of goods."
Unfortunately, lukewarm bishops and priests will not apply these principles to themselves as they seldom see any major faults in their soul that need to be removed. The vast majority are simply content to leave things the way they are. However, God knows their intentions and He will Judge them accordingly.
"It is my work, which I myself am now carrying out, in order to gather from all sides the little remnant which will remain faithful to Jesus and to His Gospel, to the Pope and to the Church united with Him...If indeed His return is close at hand, then my motherly action becomes more concerned and vigorous, in order to assist all my children to remain ever in the truth of the faith. This is why I have asked you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart. This is why, in these times of yours, I have spread everywhere my Marian Movement of Priests."
- Messages to Fr. Gobbi from our Blessed Mother.
"THE TRANSITORY THINGS OF THIS WORLD" - Saint Joseph Cafasso and others tell us what it means to be a holy priest and Pope John Paul II writes of the good example set by St. Joseph of Cupertino.