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 truth, pastoral orientation and the religious lifetime of monks. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the guts of God, additionally contemplating new symptoms of desire rising within the Church lately and looking out on the approach within which the Church itself has replied to a couple of the demanding situations that clergymen have confronted.
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10; Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 2. 58 After the Heart of God offering a perfect sacrifice by his death on the cross, and is now a priest forever. Psalm 110, “you are a priest forever”, is quoted by the author of the Letter. The priest acts in persona Christi, in the person of Christ the priest. This is a fundamental sense that a Catholic priest has, particularly at sacramental moments. The priest says when administering the sacraments, “I baptise; I absolve; This is my body…”. It is clear at these moments that he is not acting on his own authority or exercising a personal power.
There are some signs that more young men are coming forward to embrace a priestly vocation. Vocations world-wide have increased significantly. At the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, the number of seminarians has doubled in the past seven years. However rates of ordination are still not where they need to be and it is clearly evident that in the foreseeable future there will be a serious shortage of priests in dioceses in Australia. Many dioceses have turned to inviting priests from other countries to come and serve in Australia.
The Church’s theology is grounded in philosophy. Seminarians study philosophy for two years before they tackle four years of theology. Philosophy provides the intellectual tools to be able to develop theology. A key philosophical area is that of metaphysics. The Church’s whole sacramental understanding is based on metaphysics. When a person is baptised they are changed in who they are. They are now a Christian, a Catholic. They receive the Holy Spirit which makes them sons or daughters of God. Their identity is changed.
After the Heart of God: The Life and Ministry of Priests at the Beginning of the Third Millennium by Julian Porteous