Priests need a word that is “kind and kind”.

The father Luc de Bellescizepriest of the diocese of Paris, signed a forum on the Christian Family, to remind that priests are not only filled with clericalism…

[…] I am not a priest who usually wears a cassock, I rarely celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V (sometimes for my grandfather Lefebvrist, who returned to God) and I have tried for thirteen years to serve the Church in sometimes dangerous missions. Like most of my fellow priests. My admiration goes to those who are the most secretive, the darkest, the quietest, and the most courageous who have endured the weight of the sun and heat.

You can ask many things from a priest. To do more and more, to sanctify himself, to watch his conduct, to be converted when he is unfaithful, to die when necessary as a witness of Christ. But for that he must know where he came from and what noble mystery he carried in the weak vessel of his humanity. That to forgive sins in the Name of the Lord, that to humble his most holy Body into his poor hands. I have read many conclusions in the work on preparing the synodality. They called for careful critical identification without demagoguery. Others, edifying and enriching, will go in the direction of a greater recognition of the particular area of ​​the women of the Church, of an increased concern for the most vulnerable and a generous welcome to the felt excluded from his Body. . Many other suggestions are indicative of a deep misunderstanding of the most basic catechesis and as an evil. copy and paste in the 1970s, without even going to the ideas most contrary to the two thousand unity of Tradition that come to us from the apostles. Such that the laity would preach the Mass and especially the women, disregarding the particular place of the priest in the communion of liturgical work as a representative, in the strong sense of the term, in spite of his weakness, nor Christ. spouse of the Church, or a female diaconate, a contemporary trend separated from all observance of the Apostolic Tradition, or even an “unconditional” welcome to all-remarriage, homosexuals, and so on. -, which is commendable, but never accompanied by a call to conversion, which is for everyone, and me first.

It is time to say it again to those who remain of a blind ideology. Progressivism is an old moon that cannot survive its eclipse. The “progressive” proposals were never carried by the enthusiastic young people who remained loyal to our communities, and who – we regret it – very few participated in the synod. For Paris, of all participants, only 14% were between 20 and 35 years of age… Due to the lack of interest no doubt, lack of time to spend on it, and because their questions were in other places than the round tables that they think are more part. Wrongly, the tedious filling of notebooks with complaints is the only truly enthusiastic and missionary blaze. This kind of proposal is not supported even by believers from real working backgrounds, such as West Indian communities or communities of African origin, who are happily transforming our parishes, into a happy and warm piety.

The conclusion is simple. Any desire to reconcile the Church with the world and its evolutions will contribute to exacerbating its destruction and weakening its strength. ” If salt becomes tasteless, how do we salt it? (Matt. 5:13). The world will always turn for the better to destroy the slaves who try to flatter it. ” We don’t want to break upPope Francis wrote in the magazine communion, but a spiritual enthusiasm. We want to be clairvoyant and attentive to the signs of the times, while knowing that they should not be confused with the spirit of the times. “. Suffice it to see, without needing to name them, these regions of Northern Europe where pastoral axes have been selected for decades have resulted in truly spiritual deserts and an almost total extinction of dedicated vocations.Sometimes we pick up a few flowers scattered in large cemeteries, because Péguy’s “little girl of hope” always lingers among the shadows … But the results are horrible.

Why this rejection? Because any real change can only drink in the origin and anchor oneself with greater fidelity to the word of Christ passed on to us through living Tradition. Where are the couples today who have stayed alive in the Church and participated in its missionary influence? They can be found in warm families, in scouts who keep a living and sincere faith, in young people on the boundary between charismatic change and a love of tradition, including the liturgical, in always secret servants of humble Christian love. Among those who have discovered or rediscovered faith, are touched by the joy of believing that these areas of life are manifest. Isn’t that true? ” What should we please if we are real? said the martyr St. Justin. There were 30,000 young unit scouts from France in Chambord in quiet silence during the Pentecost Mass, 15,000 faithful on the Christian pilgrimage, 8,000 FRAT teenagers confessing in large numbers and praising the Lord. There is the living source, in the diversity of graces and charisms. And we need it all.

The whole life of the Church is kept in the eucharistic mystery. Without the Eucharist there is no Church and without the priest there is no Eucharist. ” The Eucharist makes the Church and the Church makes the Eucharist said Cardinal de Lubac. The Church holds from above. By the Most High making himself the lowest… Not “from below” which comes from the truth of faith, but first of all from the Revelation made by the Lord in his mystery as he passed it on to us through those who brought us of the Word of Life. We are dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants. ” I myself have received from the Lord and I have passed it on to you the apostle Paul wrote (1 Cor 15, 3).

Look at your dignity, fellow priestswrote San Francisco of Assisi, and be holy because He is holy. Above all, because of this ministry, the Lord God honors you; above all, you too, love him, respect him, honor him. Great woe and pitiful weakness if, in holding it thus in your hands, you occupy yourself with something else in the world. There is the Lord, among us, covered in the form of bread. ” There he is said the holy Curé of Ars. And he added: That the priest is a big thing “. Is it clericalism, these words of great saints? Will they not now be judged by a Church that seems to doubt itself and the noble mystery it carries within it? For we have always heard that” clericalism “is the great danger to the life of the Church. Our priests in France are dwindling, vocations are in the middle of the mast and we are dismissing the spirit of clericalism like a spice to the sparrows … It is better to be more conscious to the priest the extraordinary grace he brings within him rather than to accuse him of the power of monopoly … Where a priest is truly a man of God, a servant of the Lord among men, where he is strict who agrees with the mystery that reveals his weakness, he will not be tempted to justify despotism under the argument of the sacred.The great danger that awaits the Church is worldliness, which consists of lowering the eternal truths and allowing oneself to be guided by the spirit of the times. The Holy Spirit rarely blows at times. The only real danger is to forget the obedience of faith to the self -revealed God and loyalty to our fathers.

Quick and drink from the secret source said St. Therese Benedict of the Cross. We are in the blood of martyrs and great witnesses of the faith. Any reform that does not immerse itself in this source of life will not bear the expected results. Any reform that claims to transform the Church through a “great leap forward” isolated from this source can only result in the loss of its salt and light. So we can tell our bishops, and our Pope, that we are here, that we love them. with respect and obedience as we promised at our ordination, and that we would never leave the ship, as obedient children of the Church. But that we need for our priesthood a word ” constructive and caring (Eph 4:29), that we need caring fathers who have strengthened us in the faith in the midst of the trials of our priestly life, in order to retain, or rediscover, for most of us, the joy of giving. all to the Church our Mother, for the glory of God and the Salvation of the world.

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