Pope Francis: Bishops who do not know their priests weaken the Church
Pope Francis said Monday that each bishop has a duty to have a strong, close relationship with his priests with a firm warning that episcopal aloofness and favoritism weakens the mission of the Church.
â€śThe relationship between us bishops and our priests is, unquestionably, one of the most vital issues in the life of the Church, it is the backbone on which the diocesan community is based,â€ť Pope Francis told Italian bishops gathered at the Vatican for their annual meeting May 20-23.
â€śUnfortunately, some bishops are struggling to establish acceptable relationships with their priests, thus risking the ruin of their mission and even weakening the mission of the Church itself,â€ť he said....
Tim, I really don't have anything to disagree with your first two messages in fact on a regular basis, some years ago, I always put these commentaries on the SA forum often:
https://tinyurl.com/jsdkc45 (Is a Catholic Christian an Oxymoron?) And this article was even made into a pamphlet format
https://tinyurl.com/yylutquw ("Catholic Christian" Tract) you will have to look through a series of tracks and download this one by Mike Gendron. For a pamphlet version of the above. There is another one by Mike Gendron. There is another one there which I haven't looked at yet, after all these years! It is probably pretty good!
https://tinyurl.com/zb3tfm3 (Is the One True Church Roman Catholic?) Another excellent one by Mike Gendron.
Both sides of my family have been free from the tyranny of the Romish Church since the Reformation. This makes me free from any personal animosity towards individual Catholics but still I have no use for the Romish Church.
Any builder can tell you that the most serious â€śstructural faultâ€ť is a flawed foundation, Jim. Scripture tells us that â€śother foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ,â€ť and not the Apostle Peter, who was no more a pope than he was an astronaut.
It's about time that Pope Franny realizes the structural faults of the Romish church đź‘Ž
Alex Johnson wrote: Today in the large metropolitan areas, the one- or two-child family, even among Hispanics, seems to have become the norm," the Rev. Mark Pilon, a retired professor at Christendom Graduate School of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, wrote in the journal The Catholic Thing.
Alluding to the celibacy requirement for Roman Catholic priests, he asked: "Is it unreasonable to presume that they might want grandchildren more than a priest in the family?"
Celibacy is also a real, if lesser, barrier, research suggests.
Research by CARA in 2012 indicated that the celibacy requirement is the second-most-common reason young men don't consider pursuing a vocation as a priest or a religious brother. Almost a fifth of those surveyed cited celibacy as a barrier, behind only a "general lack of interest."
The requirement also discourages women from pursuing vocations as religious sisters, again trailing only a general lack of interest, according to CARA....
--- https://tinyurl.com/y8rf2h33 (The numbers of U.S. priests and seminarians have been plummeting for decades, and it's not just because of the church's sexual abuse scandals)