VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Rising vocations to the priesthood, enhancing the way in which laypeople and monks work collectively and making certain that service, not energy, motivates the request for ordination are all potential outcomes of a serious symposium being deliberate by the Vatican in February 2022.
“A theological symposium doesn’t declare to supply sensible options to all of the pastoral and missionary issues of the church, however it could actually assist us deepen the inspiration of the church’s mission,” mentioned Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and the chief organizer of the symposium deliberate for Feb. 17-19, 2022.
The symposium, “Towards a Elementary Theology of the Priesthood,” seeks to encourage an understanding of ministerial priesthood that’s rooted within the priesthood of all believers conferred at baptism, getting away from the thought of ordained ministry as belonging to “ecclesiastical energy,” the cardinal mentioned at a information convention April 12.
The three-day gathering, the cardinal mentioned, is aimed particularly at bishops and delegations of theologians and vocations personnel from each nation, though it is going to be open to different theologians and folks within the matter.
The connection between baptism and ordained ministry wants larger emphasis in the present day, Cardinal Ouellet mentioned, however reviewing the foundations of a theology of priesthood additionally “entails ecumenical questions to not be ignored, in addition to the cultural actions that query the place of ladies within the church.”
The latest synods of bishops on the household, on younger folks and on the church within the Amazon all present the urgency of questions surrounding priesthood and relationships amongst folks with totally different vocations within the church, the cardinal mentioned.
Michelina Tenace, a professor of theology at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian College, helps set up the symposium and informed reporters that going again to baptism and the priesthood of all believers “isn’t only a style, it’s the premise for all Christian life.”
The clerical abuse scandal, she mentioned, makes the questions of priestly identification, vocational discernment and formation extra pressing.
Father Vincent Siret, rector of the Pontifical French Seminary in Rome, mentioned a deeper reflection on priesthood — each the priesthood of all of the baptized and ministerial priesthood — is important for these engaged in coaching males for the priesthood.
“The baptismal life is the basic human vocation, and all should train the priesthood obtained at baptism. Ministry is on the service of this,” he mentioned. “Reflecting on the basic theology of the priesthood may even make it potential to return to the justifications for priestly celibacy and the way in which it’s lived.”
The Catholic Church requires most monks in its Latin ceremony to be celibate. Whereas Cardinal Ouellet, Father Siret and Tenace all talked about the significance of celibacy within the Latin ceremony, none of them talked about the traditions of the Jap Catholic church buildings that proceed to have each married and celibate clergy.