Father Cantalamessa Calls for Vocational Renewal
VATICAN CITY, MARCH 26, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Recent priestly scandals have harmed the Church, but clergy can renew their vocations by remembering the love that drew them to Christ, says Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa.
This was the reflection offered today by the preacher of the Pontifical Household in his third Lenten sermon of the year, given in the presence of Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia. The Capuchin is focusing his homilies on the priesthood in this Year for Priests.
In Advent he meditated on the priest as servant of Christ, in the power and the unction of the Holy Spirit. During Lent, he is looking at the priest as steward of the mysteries of God.
"I believe I interpret the concern most often expressed in the past by the Holy Father," he said, which "motivated, at least in part, the proclamation of this Year for Priests, dedicating this last meditation to the need for purification within the Church, beginning with its clergy."
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