- May 13, 2021
riests who are ministering “on the front lines” in parishes, prisons and hospitals should be considered “at-risk” and receive priority in COVID-19 vaccination programs, said the head of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy.
The recent Vatican instruction on pastoral care clarifies the responsibility of every member of the church community to work together in the shared mission of evangelization and warns against turning the parish into a mere provider of services, said Cardinal Beniamino Stella.
Monday the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy issued a set of non-binding guidelines for parishes to implement Pope Francis’s vision of a Church that reaches out, meeting people where they are.
On Friday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has promoted Italian Cardinal Benjamin Stella and Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to cardinal-bishops, the highest category a prelate can belong to apart from being the pope himself.
With the prospect of trying to celebrate Easter without a large parish or Vatican liturgies, Catholics still can turn a tragic situation into an experience of faith and hope, said Cardinal Beniamino Stella.
The Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy said Wednesday that apart from “very rare” exceptions, a priest with a child should leave the priesthood.
Clericalism has led to a distorted view of authority that has contributed to the problems of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience affecting the Catholic Church, said the head of the Vatican’s clergy office.
The idea of exceptionally ordaining older married men of proven virtue to celebrate the Eucharist in isolated Catholic communities is something that should be discussed, said Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.