Philippines’ new prelate rebukes fellow priests

Archbishop VillegasThe incoming head of the Philippines’ Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued a stinging rebuke to the country’s priests, accusing them of becoming the ‘pastors of the status quo,’ reports Ucanews.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, of Lingayen-Dagupan, said on Friday rthat the Catholic Church in the Philippines did not face a problem of shortage of priests but a ‘zeal shortage.’
In a letter addressed to priests, Archbishop Villegas said members of the clergy have descended into just ‘maintaining the Church, keeping the schedule, continuing the order of the day.’

‘This cannot continue,’ said the prelate, who will start his term as head of the bishops’ conference in December. ‘We must get out to the [villages] and public schools, visit the charity wards of hospitals, teach catechism again, visit homes again, make a “mess” in society,’ he said.

He said one of the serious problems the faithful are subjected to is ‘long-winded and dry homilies’ of priests. ‘Our youth complain about lifeless and uninspiring liturgies. How can we set their hearts on fire if we ourselves are not afire for God?’ he said in his letter to the clergy.

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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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