By Julian Porteous
What kind of priest is required for the 3rd millennium? The cultural and ecclesial panorama has replaced so dramatically over the last fifty years. There are new and hard forces at paintings influencing the course 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 id, personality, human fact, pastoral orientation and the non secular lifetime of clergymen. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the guts of God, additionally contemplating new indicators of wish rising within the Church in recent years and searching on the approach within which the Church itself has spoke back to a few of the demanding situations that monks have confronted.
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P. 84. , p. 97. 32 This directory sought to move beyond a theological reflection on the priesthood and consider a wide range of aspects of the life of priests. It spoke to issues of the qualities needed for a priest as well as priests receiving effective support from one another. The directory was clearly aware of the challenges that priests faced, and it sought to offer advice and guidance to them. It revealed a clear sympathy with what priests were experiencing and it wanted to affirm particularly that priests were part of a priestly brotherhood.
We will return to this question later in the book. An apostle to youth The Pope showed great confidence not only in the new movements about which some pastors within the Church were hesitant, but he particularly looked to the young as being a key to the future of the Church. At a time when many young people were disenchanted with “organised religion” the Pope, building on his experience in Poland as a young priest, reached out to youth. He had the capacity not only to engage with youth, but he revealed that he had great confidence in them.
39 The fact that several Protestant denominations have chosen to have women ministers adds to the conviction of some that the Catholic Church is out of touch with the times. As most of the churches that are operative in Australia have now accepted women as ministers, and even bishops, the Catholic Church is more and more isolated in its position. Another issue affecting the identity of priests is that of an uncertainty about the lines of delineation between the role of priests and the role of the lay person.