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Friday, August 04, 2017

A Priest Cannot Be Sacked And He Cannot Resign.......


This article addresses kind of the Issue of the Priest that resigned recently in Nigeria.....Read the Post here.







*IDENTITY OF A CATHOLIC PRIEST*



‘… _Bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest…he is to present it to the Lord with the gesture of offering, so that you may be acceptable_ .’ – *Lev 23:11*


Every time a Catholic priest is in the news, it is NEWS. The content of the news betrays a gaping ignorance about who a priest really is. Often one gets the impression that an angel has suddenly become human or that an impostor has been shown for what he truly is. Consider this my attempt to paint you a portrait of a priest:


• A priest is first of all a baptised man who has heard God calling him to serve him in the ministerial priesthood. He is ordained almost after a decade of training.


• Holy Orders (ordination) is a sacrament, a special blessing from God which occasions a transformation in him. Through ordination, he receives a new identity, that of Christ. This means that when he carries out his ministry (not a job!), he is acting in the power of Christ. With St Paul, he can say: ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ (Galatians 2:20). _The Catechism of the Catholic Church_ (CCC) describes Holy Orders as ‘The sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time…’ (CCC 1536).


• The priest, living in the midst of the people of God, is a co-worker with the bishop in his ministry or call to teach, sanctify and lead them through service.


• Everything a priest does in his ministry flows from what he becomes at his ordination: presiding at Mass, absolving sinners, anointing the sick, proclaiming and explaining the Gospel, giving blessings, and his pastoral leadership of building up a local community of faith.


• Catholic priests are either *diocesan priests* who belong to the diocese they’re located in or *religious priests* , whose affiliation is with a particular religious group. A diocesan priest, upon being ordained, makes a promise of obedience and celibacy (not an oath!) to his bishop. Religious priests are known by the religious group they belong to, such as the Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits, Augustinians etc.


• A diocesan priest wears a soutane. A religious wear a the “habit” as a sign of his consecration to God in the religious group he belongs to. He also takes vows of poverty (by which he renounces “the power of ownership”), chastity (faithfulness to God by being celibate), and obedience (to do the will of God through his superiors).


• A diocesan priest is on the payroll of his parish and is allowed to run a bank account and acquire property. A religious priest only gets a monthly stipend to take care of his personal needs. He can neither run a personal bank account nor own properties since he has relinquished that right through the profession of religious vows.


• Priests may receive gifts for blessing people and ministering to them but he never charges any fees for his services. It is sinful and sacrilegious for a priest to ask for money while performing his sacred ministry.


• A priest cannot be “sacked” from his ministry. It is not a job. He cannot resign and return to the lay state of life either. He is a priest forever in the order of Christ, the eternal High Priest.


• Perseverance in the priesthood is impossible without the grace of God. This grace is made available through prayer. Only priests who pray can persevere. The people must also pray, in our day as never before, for their priests. The salvation of souls hinges on the fidelity of priests to Christ.


St. John Vianney, whom the Church venerates as the patron saint of parish priests, ministered effectively to his parishioners. He regularly visited the sick and families, collected and managed funds for his charitable and missionary works. He embellished and furnished his parish church, cared for the orphans, provided for the education of children, and enlisted lay persons to work with him. His life is worthy of emulation by all priests today.


*Prayer*
Lord, bless those you have called as priests to serve your people. Reward their fidelity, self-sacrifice and devotion. May they grow in holiness, knowledge and wisdom.

from friarjay.com.ng 





39 comments:

  1. The only problem the priests who always leave have is being celibate. Most of them can't honour that promise. So they see it as being in bondage. So congratulations for your new freedom to marry and have fun.

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    1. That's a big lie,they know all these before going to seminary. If at all he gets to the seminary and can't cope,he can always leave before he's ordained a priest.

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  2. The Priest looks like he is a PROUD man. I might be wrong.

    What i can deduce from this is that the man is tired of answering yes sir, so he wants to be his own boss.

    Anyway pride goes before a fall. I wish him well and we all should pray for him to succeed in his callings. He should hear from God first before taking any rash decisions.

    Ndi catholics over to una. come and carry your Priest

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    1. Yori Yori judgement is of the lord! I saw your comment yesterday and kept calm. Stop judging him.

      I wish him well in his endeavors
      Many priest are diocesan priests. How many can afford to live in stage of poverty for the rest of their lives?

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    2. Na before, before talk be that ooo... Omohhhh no falling with pride again ooo

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    3. You deduced all this from a picture and a story you read on the internet? So if you had listened to the radii program, you would have concluded what exactly? Before rushing to judge(not that you have the right), get the true facts first(I'm also sometimes guilty). SMH

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    4. Ideato shut up! Don't u judge?look who is talking! Yori Yori u are so correct!i personally know ds priest wen he was a priest in d police barrack in maitaima! He came frm his state in akwaibom bk den!as soon as ds guy came to abuja and started seeing money d dude refused to go bk to his parish o! D guy fought is going bk vehemently eh!no be small tin!coupled with d fact dat he nw started knacking some babes ponyor in abuja! D even got him an apartment in abuja so he ws too comfortable dat he didn't want to go bk to his former parish! He was virtually chased bk to his parish,beht since he left,body begin pepper d guy to come out of d catholic church so dat he can be free and not be under d supervision of any body! D guy just wants to be free to flex and do wat he wants to do freely! His following d foot steps of his mentor, former father Ralphel! Dat one jist na for anoda day,i don tire to type mbok!mk I face my work wey de my table!

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    5. Looks like he is a proud man?? Wow! There's nothing I won't read from loveme jeje.so from these smiling pictures you actually saw pride. Wehdon ma

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    6. It is better to resign and live a free life(marry and have children) than to be a HYPOCRITE (be a priest and be sleeping with church members in secrecy)

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  3. if una no gree, oya na muna go tie am robe for neck drag am bark intu pristhood...

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  4. Mcheeeeew. You people now want to carry it on your heads? He resigned, y'all get used to it because many will be following suit

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  5. Don't know anything about bn a priest

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  6. At ordination of a priest, according to the order of a Catholic church, the pronouncement is that "You're a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek (don't know if I got the spelling right) of old".

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    1. Yeah!
      He is a Priest Forever in d Order Of Melchizedek.

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    2. Yes they dont resign except for old age eg former Archbishop Alaba Pinheiro Job.

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  7. Lol!!
    OK na ! I'm sure many of them are now gossiping dis man,its not by force o, leave him alone,he might back on he's feet again & by then he can have he's own ministry plus a wife & children, me I believe d celibacy thing is their problem! Most of dem priest do have numerous women who sleep with dem, so its better & more christianlike to denounce the promise of celibacy & live a normal godly life instead of continuing in hypocrisy .

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    1. I don't believe that celibacy is the problem, afterall,married people go against their vow also by committing adultery, just like some married men of God commits,it required grace to keep to your vow,whether married or celibate.

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  8. Over a decade training during which you can leave at any time, It means he never knew what he wanted or maybe he was forced. But sorry dear you cannot really resign just like that, but you can go to Rome to reverse the ordination process which is a very long way..

    Take care ohh

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  9. He didn't say he is no longer a priest. He asked to be addressed as a Reverend. Who knows what his calling is, cos he kept harping on that, which the catholic priesthood has denied him living it? If he can willingly resign after all these years(from his secondary school till ordination and the years spent already serving), all we should do is pray for him and not judge. It's his life and his calling not ours

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  10. A lot of them will tow this lane very soon. Watch out!!!

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    1. Stop wishing the impossible. "A lot of them" haha

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  11. Those who no nothing about Catholic comment things anymore.. God obviously didn't call him into a Catholic priest.. And if i maybe right, those who left the Priesthood never do well...

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  12. He will be buried as a priest when he dies. There is nothing wrong in leaving, if you don't believe in what you are doing. People should please respect his decision. I'm sure he is already facing a lot of backlash from his family and associates.
    I hear he is a fire brand preacher, I wish I was opportune to attend one of his programs before now. I love priests like him. Just like this new priest at St Gerald gbagada. He is on fire mehn!!!!!

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    1. Laefizy. I think I know the new one you are talking about oh. Cos he came as a visiting priest in Magodo this week. The guy na fire. E come be like sey make I change parish. Lol. Our own priests na big boys wey be like lecturers. He did two days devotional prayers on Wednesday and Thursday here and said he needs to go back to his parish for Friday devotion as he is new in Gbagada. Thats how I know its the one you are talking about.

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    2. So geraldian dey dis blog. Happy geraldian, God chosen people, happy geraldian, one heart, one spirit

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  13. can someone please summarize ? i am feeling lazy to read.

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  14. He has never been a regular Catholic priest from the way he preaches. I think he is about to open his own Church. This one is not a pussy chaser.

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    1. I no blame the man. He wants to be rich like other pastors. Who poverty help.

      What is the meaning of a priest forever. Is this not how Anglican Church started?

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  15. If I haven't heard him preach on air I would jump into such hasty conclusion as y'all are. The man's teaching is unique with this calm accompanying it and its Pentecostal in nature but No shouting just teaching even when prophecying

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