By Julian Porteous
What kind of priest is required for the 3rd millennium? The cultural and ecclesial panorama has replaced so dramatically during the last fifty years. There are new and tough forces at paintings influencing the path 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 identification, personality, human truth, pastoral orientation and the non secular lifetime of clergymen. writer Julian Porteous does simply this in After the center of God, additionally contemplating new indicators of wish rising within the Church lately and searching on the approach within which the Church itself has answered to a couple of the demanding situations that monks have confronted.
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Priests in countries like Australia which are experiencing the serious inroads of secularism are urged to re-think their ministry now in terms of engaging in the task of the new evangelisation. We will return to this question later in the book. An apostle to youth The Pope showed great confidence not only in the new movements about which some pastors within the Church were hesitant, but he particularly looked to the young as being a key to the future of the Church. At a time when many young people were disenchanted with “organised religion” the Pope, building on his experience in Poland as a young priest, reached out to youth.
At the Synod in 1990 the bishops requested a document on priestly life and ministry to be prepared as an assistance to priests. As a result The Directory on the ministry and life of Priests (1994) was produced. It was directed to priests and provided a very useful guide to living priestly life. Identifying its purpose it stated: It is hoped that this Directory be a help for every priest in deepening his identity and in growing in 28 Gift and Mystery, p. 85. , p. 84. , p. 84. , p. 97. 32 This directory sought to move beyond a theological reflection on the priesthood and consider a wide range of aspects of the life of priests.
For instance, in the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (1981) he explored the nature and role of the family; in Mulieris Dignitatem (1988) he addressed the highly debated question of the dignity and role of women in society and the Church; in Christifideles Laici (1988) he broke new ground in an understanding of the role of the lay person in the Church and reaffirmed the critical role the lay person has in secular events; in Evangelium Vitae (1995) he spoke passionately on the question of respect for human life.