Be Shepherds Not Wolves- Pope Francis

Vatican City, May 15, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be an effective shepherd, protecting their flock from dangers.
He urged the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests, “because if we go on the road to riches, if we go on the road to vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”
The Pope’s words came in his May 15 homily in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican.
“A bishop is not a bishop for himself,” Pope Francis said. “He is for the people, and a priest is not a priest for himself. He is for the people: to serve, to nurture them, to shepherd them, who are his flock – in order to defend them from the wolves.”
When the bishops and priests do this, he said, they foster a “relationship of protection and love” between God and the pastor and between the pastor and the laity.
This shows “a true love” that unites the Church, he explained.
The Pope based his homily on the Acts of the Apostles passage in which St. Paul exhorts the Church of Ephesus to guard against the “ravening wolves” and “men speaking perverse things, to draw disciples after them,” Vatican Radio reports.
Pope Francis repeated his prayers for bishops and priests who face temptation.
“We are men and we are sinners,” he said. “We are tempted.”
He cited St. Augustine’s commentaries on the prophet Ezekiel. Augustine warned against the temptations of wealth and vanity, when the bishop and priest “take from the people,” make deals and become “attached to money.”
The Holy Father added that “when a priest, a bishop goes after money, the people do not love him – and that’s a sign….he ends badly.”
A bishop or priest on “the road to vanity” is one who “enters into the spirit of careerism – and this hurts the church very much,” the Pontiff said. Such a man “ends up being ridiculous: he boasts, he is pleased to be seen, all powerful – and the people do not like that!”
He pointed to the example of St. Paul, who “did not have a bank account” but worked with his hands and accomplished God’s will.
Pope Francis asked the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests “that we might be poor, that we might be humble, meek, in the service of the people.”
He urged bishops and priests to pray much and to “boldly preach the message of salvation.”

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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7 Responses to Be Shepherds Not Wolves- Pope Francis

  1. Here he goes again; the frail old man Pope with only one lung; like someone with a small chisel trying to chip away and break and bring down a huge granite wall of corruption. He is slowly but surely getting the message across; that the clergy MUST be shepherds and not WOLVES. The old saying comes to mind “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to get in to Heaven”. The rot of so many years cannot be cleared in an instant; so let us give Pope Francis some time. After all he has THE HOLY SPIRIT on his side !!!!

  2. Pope Francis has got it right and has touched the raw nerve of the establishment. so in fact what we were shouting from the top of our heads is in fact true and correct, yest our local ‘Dharma Sevaks” preferred to sweep these issues under the carpet.Now His Holiness Pope Francis says the exact thing that we believe. Our Shepherds have turned into wolves and serpents and I pray to Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide and protect Pope Francis.
    Let the cleansing begin.The Hour is at hand.
    As for punishment to those wolves and serpents, The Lord will do what is right on the day of judgement.

  3. Pingback: You cannot serve two masters, warns the pope | SILENT VOICE

  4. M Dsouza says:

    One wolf is enjoying the fleshy pot in Rome, now completely blind due to diabetes.

  5. The Lord works slow but sure.Slow to give a chance to repent.Never shortchange the Lord, His punishment is severe.

  6. Dear M. D’souza, do not be vague, name the wolf he will never dare to sue you regards

    • Why does our Dear cardinal Oswald Gracias, not rebut this, should the facts be incorrect.Should this character be from Bombay, why is Pope Francis allowing him to stay at the Vatican.

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