Presentation: Priest, Pastor and Leader of Parish Community | EWTNThe Cardinal explained that "in the face of the challenges to pastoral activity in the new millennium, a new approach to the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood has become a priority The main goal of the Instruction, is to highlight the office of the parish priest or pastor , the sacramental leader in the parish who animates and leads the faithful of the parish towards Christ, the Way to the Father". The Instruction has two parts: a doctrinal section that brings together teaching from the Second Vatican Council and recent documents, and a section on the pastoral ministry itself as it is lived in the parish. Naturally, all these documents refer to the Conciliar decree on the priesthood, Presbyterorum ordinis , and to the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Pastores dabo vobis. In the face of the challenges to pastoral activity in the new millennium, a new approach to the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood has become a priority.
Presentation: Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community
The document must be seen in the context of a deep reflection and study, which has been ongoing for a number of years on this topic. The document follows the same track as the great missionary impetus of the Duc in altum , which necessarily leads to the indispensable task of the evangelization of the Third Christian Millenium. For this reason, mindful also of the many recommendations produced by a worldwide consultation on this matter, it has appeared appropriate to seize this opportunity to present a doctrinal section with elements which will provoke a reflection on those fundamental theological values which impel towards missionary activity and which are sometimes somewhat obfuscated. The delicate and valuable office they hold, provides the opportunity to offer greater clarity with regard to the essential and vital difference which exists between the common priesthood and the ordained priesthood. This, in turn, gives rise to a proper understanding of priestly identity and the essential sacramental dimension of the ordained minister.
The Secretary pointed out the persistent need in some parts of the world to understand better the essential distinction between the royal priesthood of the baptized and the priesthood of the ordained. The explicit aim is to emphasize the parish priest's sacramental leadership in the parish. This constitutes a firm foundation for lay generosity and collaboration. He explained the difference between a Directory and an Instruction. An Instruction does not impart new norms, but aims to clarify and support the application of existing norms. Much was done to highlight the relationship between the pneumatic-ecclesiological dimension, which explains the essence of the priest's sacred ministry, and the ecclesiological dimension, which helps people understand the importance of his special office in the Church.
The document must be seen in the context of a deep reflection and study, which has been ongoing for a number of years on this topic.
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