VATICAN CITY, JAN. 8, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Priests aren't perfect, and they need help to live their vocation and mission in today's world, says the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.
Cardinal Cláudio Hummes said this in comments to L'Osservatore Romano about the initiative launched by his dicastery Dec. 8 to promote perpetual Eucharistic adoration and spiritual motherhood to support priests.
Cardinal Hummes said in Saturday's edition of the Vatican newspaper that priests have never been perfect "because we are all sinners,” but that “recently, very serious facts have been reported.” But, he affirmed, less than 1% of priests are unfaithful to their commitment of celibacy.
Still, he said, all priests need “spiritual help in order to live their own vocation and mission in today’s world.”
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