Pope says mission has to trump maintenance

“On this background, the life of our priests becomes eloquent because it is different, alternative,” the pope said. The men who have entered the priesthood have given up their “ambitions for a career and power.”

Aware of how God has healed and saved him, a priest is not scandalized by the fragility of others and is not coldly rigid, but reaches out to help others on the path to salvation, he said.

“Our priest is not a bureaucrat or an anonymous institutional functionary; he is not consecrated to a white-collar role nor is he motivated by criteria of efficiency,” the pope said. “He knows that love is everything.”

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