Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists
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Quote:By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The world's bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said.

The church has no place for men with a "worldly mentality" who are seeking a career, he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Nov. 5.

"It's sad when you see a man who seeks this office and who does so much to get there and when he makes it, he doesn't serve, but struts like a peacock, living only for his own vanity," the pope said.

The pope continued a series of talks on the nature of the church, focusing on the Holy Spirit's gift of the ordained ministries, especially the role of the bishop.

The catechesis began with a reading from St. Paul's Letter to Titus (1:5-9) in which the apostle lists the virtues the bishop must hold and the vices he must avoid, such as arrogance, irritability and greed.

"We all heard that, right?" the pope said, looking around him with a smile at the bishops who were attending the audience.

"It's not easy" to live up to St. Paul's advice "because we are sinners, but we trust in your prayers so at least we can move closer" to these ideals, he told the other pilgrims and visitors.

Through the church's ordained ministers, "it is Christ who makes himself present and continues to care for his church, guaranteeing his protection and guidance," the pope said.

Through the sacrament of holy orders, he said, bishops, priests and deacons exercise the church's maternity by generating new children of God with baptism, giving them new life in Christ, raising them in the faith, guiding them to the arms of a loving Father and nourishing them with the Eucharist and the word of God.

In his service, the ordained minister is "supporting us for our entire lives and embracing us with his tenderness and warmth, especially during the most fragile moments of trial, suffering and death," Pope Francis said.

"This maternity of the church is expressed in particular in the person of the bishop," who leads his community as "guarantor of their faith and as a living sign of the presence of the Lord in their midst."

This is why the role of a bishop "is not a position of prestige or an honorary office," he said. "It is a service. Jesus wanted it to be like this."

"There must be no place in the church for the worldly mentality," the mindset where men are seeking an "ecclesiastical career," he said.

"No, the church must not be a place for this mentality," he said. "The episcopacy is a service, not an honor to show off."

Every bishop must have Jesus as his model and guide, who, as the good shepherd, "came not to be served, but to serve," and gave his life for his flock, he said.

In the history of the church, the pope said, many holy bishops have shown that "this ministry is not sought, not requested, not bought, but is welcomed in obedience, not to elevate oneself but to lower oneself like Jesus."

The other important feature is the unity bishops display with one another and the pope, who is "custodian and guarantor of this deep communion," he said. "When Jesus chose and called the apostles, he imagined them -- not separate from each other, everyone for himself, but together, that they be with him, united as one family."

"How beautiful when the bishops with the pope express this collegiality and try to be more and more and more like servants for the faithful, more like servants for the church," he said. The Synod of Bishops on the family was one experience of collegiality.

Despite the geographical distances that normally separate them and the differences in cultures, the world's bishops "listen together to the Lord and the Spirit" in prayer, scrutinizing the hearts of today's men and women and reading the signs of the times, the pope said.

The entire Christian community, he said, is "called to nurture a sincere and deep communion" with their bishops, he said.

"There is not a healthy church if the faithful, the deacons and the priests are not united to the bishop. A church not united to the bishop is an ill church. Jesus wanted this union of all the faithful with the bishop," he said.

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The text of the pope's audience remarks in English is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20141105_udienza-generale_en.html.

The text of the pope's audience remarks in Spanish is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/audiences/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20141105_udienza-generale_sp.html.

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Pope Francis Wrote:The other important feature is the unity bishops display with one another and the pope, who is "custodian and guarantor of this deep communion," he said. "When Jesus chose and called the apostles, he imagined them -- not separate from each other, everyone for himself, but together, that they be with him, united as one family."

--- he said, just after he demoted Cardinal Burke and banished him from his kingdom.

From the comments section of an article I just posted in this sub-forum, about how Latin Americans are turning Prot:

fredx2 Wrote:This is the first Pope I can remember who spends his time knocking people all the time.

"Fomenter of coprophagia!"
"Specialist of the Logos!"
"Rosary counter!"
"Functionary!"
"Self-absorbed, Promethean neo-Pelagian!"
"Restorationist!"
"Mr and Mrs Whiner!"
"Rigid Christians!"
"Modern gnostics!"
"Liquid Christian!"
"Superficial Christians!"
"Slaves of superficiality!"
"Museum mummy!"
"Renaissance prince!"
"Airport Bishop!"
"Leprous courtier!"
"Long-faced, mournful funeral Christian!"
"Careerist Bishop!"
"Sourpuss!"
"Querulous and disillusioned pessimist!"
"Pickled pepper-faced Christian!"
Closed, sad, trapped Christian who is not a free Christian!"
"Little monster!"
"Creed-reciting, parrot Christian!"
"Watered-down faith, weak-hoped Christian!"
"Seminarians who grit their teeth and wait to finish, follow rules and smile [who] reveal the hypocrisy of clericalism - one of the worst evils!"
"Smarmy, idolator priest!"
"Priest-wheeler dealer!"
"Priest-tycoon!"
"Religious who have a heart as sour as vinegar!"
"Promoter of the poison of immanence!"
"Older people nostalgic for structures and customs which are no longer life-giving in today’s world!"
"Young people addicted to fashion!"
"Pastry-Shop Christians!"
Anesthetised Christian!
"Christian hypocrites only interested in their formalities!"
“They disguise themselves, they disguise themselves as good people: they make themselves up like little holy cards, looking up at heaven as they pray, making sure they are seen—they believe they are more righteous than others, they despise others!"
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Ya know the homosexual lobby had made up t-shirts that said "who am I to judge?". If this where anybody but the pope I'd make up t shirts that said "who am I to judge?" with pope Francis picture and all these quotes. Unfortunately, or fortunately, because that would do far more harm than good I'll let that little idea die a quick death.
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I am not excited that he is coming here in 2015. I cringe at the thought. I have just watched the news and I just cried inside. I just recently learned that 38% or less Filipino Catholics attend Mass. One of them was interviewed and, ay, Dios ko! I cannot say enough on how sad I am and depressed.

Neopelagianus
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(11-14-2014, 09:02 AM)Neopelagianus Wrote: I am not excited that he is coming here in 2015. I cringe at the thought. I have just watched the news and I just cried inside. I just recently learned that 38% or less Filipino Catholics attend Mass. One of them was interviewed and, ay, Dios ko! I cannot say enough on how sad I am and depressed.

Neopelagianus
Do not be sad or depressed, focus on things like this

http://walkinginthedesert.com/2014/11/13...st-things/

or this

http://www.fisheaters.com/forums/index.p...=3466544.0

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Who else found it very weird he saying ordained ministers perform a maternal role in the Church?
Should we start calling priests Mother? Mtr. Bergoglio?

Now he's trying to unite the bishops under his benevolent grip, so it seems. Now that he faces opposition. It reminds me of what the former bishop of Ciudad del Este said: a new criteria for unity if being proposed, not based on the sacraments, the faith and the tradition, but based on some uniformity of thought that excludes any dissidence in favour of truth and variation of charismas.
This pope is a totalizing pope.
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(11-14-2014, 09:58 AM)CaptCrunch73 Wrote:
(11-14-2014, 09:02 AM)Neopelagianus Wrote: I am not excited that he is coming here in 2015. I cringe at the thought. I have just watched the news and I just cried inside. I just recently learned that 38% or less Filipino Catholics attend Mass. One of them was interviewed and, ay, Dios ko! I cannot say enough on how sad I am and depressed.

Neopelagianus
Do not be sad or depressed, focus on things like this

http://walkinginthedesert.com/2014/11/13...st-things/

or this

http://www.fisheaters.com/forums/index.p...=3466544.0

That would help, especially the Rorate article. But I only wish that the media stay silent on the arrival of Pope Francis here. Most mediamen here are nertz over him.

Neopelagianus
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(11-14-2014, 01:34 PM)Renatus Frater Wrote: Who else found it very weird he saying ordained ministers perform a maternal role in the Church?

I don't think its too weird. For centuries we have called the Church "Holy Mother Church" and yet it's run by men and founded by a man. The whole symbolism of rebirth in the waters of baptism is maternal. Being nurtured by the sacraments and nourished by the Holy Eucharist, etc. Priests are the ministers of the sacraments are they not? I find it sad that some men are repelled at any reference to the feminine. Didn't even Jesus say that he would gather Jerusalem to his breast like a hen gathers her chicks?
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(11-15-2014, 12:29 PM)SCG Wrote:
(11-14-2014, 01:34 PM)Renatus Frater Wrote: Who else found it very weird he saying ordained ministers perform a maternal role in the Church?

I don't think its too weird. For centuries we have called the Church "Holy Mother Church" and yet it's run by men and founded by a man. The whole symbolism of rebirth in the waters of baptism is maternal. Being nurtured by the sacraments and nourished by the Holy Eucharist, etc. Priests are the ministers of the sacraments are they not? I find it sad that some men are repelled at any reference to the feminine. Didn't even Jesus say that he would gather Jerusalem to his breast like a hen gathers her chicks?

An important distinction to be made is that the Church is the Bride of Christ, whereas priests are "other Christs."  If priests have a maternal role, then who in the Church has the role as our fathers?  Nuns are betrothed to Christ, so to speak, so they properly have the maternal role.
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Somewhat relevant:
St. Bernard Wrote:Here is a point for the ear of those superiors who wish always to inspire fear in their communities and rarely promote their welfare. Learn, you who rule the earth. Learn that you must be mothers to those in your care, not masters; make an effort to arouse the response of love, not that of fear: and should there be occasional need for severity, let it be paternal rather than tyrannical. Show affection as a mother would, correct like a father. Be gentle, avoid harshness, do not resort to blows, expose your breasts: let your bosoms expand with milk, not swell with passion. Why impose in addition your yoke on those whose burdens you ought rather to carry? Why will the young man, bitten by the serpent, shy away from the judgment of the priest, to whom he ought rather to run as to the bosom of a mother? If you are spiritual, instruct him in a spirit of gentleness, not forgetting that you may be tempted yourselves. Otherwise he shall die in his sin, but, says the Lord, "I will hold you responsible for his death." We shall speak of this again.
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