- Sep 22, 2020
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.
The guidelines come in response to a perception that there are too many rogue operators, both clerical and lay, who claim to perform exorcisms but who aren’t authorized to do so.
The Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy said Wednesday that apart from “very rare” exceptions, a priest with a child should leave the priesthood.
Vincent Doyle, the child of a Catholic priest, says that men in such situations shouldn’t have to choose between priesthood and paternity.
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.