Clergy, Consecrated Persons Urged to Rise above 'Dismal Shadows'

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Clergy, Consecrated Persons Urged to Rise above 'Dismal Shadows'


By Samuel Medenilla

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged members of the clergy and consecrated persons Thursday to rise above the "dismal shadows" shrouding their ranks.

In his statement for the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation for the Opening of the 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, CBCP president Romulo Valles called the scandals and vices of some members of the clergy and consecrated persons, as "shadows," which the Church should acknowledge and address.

"Some get entangled in their concern for material possessions, in their need for pleasures and in their desire for power. Instead of becoming servant-leaders of communion they may even lead us to confusion and disharmony," Valles said.

"Such misconduct calls for sincere reflection and humble repentance and reparation," he added.

While the Davao Archbishop expressed his sadness over such incidents, he noted it could also serve as an opportunity for the clergy to relate with other sinners and guide them toward the path of absolution and renewal.

"May our Priests and Consecrated Persons, in their weakness and woundedness, continue to serve and guide fellow sinners with the joy of the Gospel that leads to the fullness of life," Valles said.

The 2018 Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons is a part of the Church's nine-year preparation for 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to the Philippines on 2021.

To highlight the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons next year, Valles said they will initiate their New Evangelization drive, wherein they will call on the clergy and the consecrated to reflect if their values, mind-sets, behavior and life-styles are still consistent with that of Christ's. …

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