Bishop pleas for reconcilition with ex-priests
Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Power of Canberra-Goulburn has appealed for reconciliation with men who have left the priestly ministry.
The Catholic Leader reports that he recently met with five men who had left the priesthood, in the spirit of an archdiocesan reconciliation task force.
The task force was set up as a Jubilee Year effort to reconcile the Church and three groups - men who have left the priesthood, the divorced and remarried, and the marginalised poor.
All five men he met had remained very committed to the Church, Bishop Power said. All were making an enormous impact in their professions and were blessed in being part of loving families.
"But in many ways they are people still living in the shadows, sometimes able to contribute to the life of the Church, but in a way that can never be too obvious," Bishop Power said.
He said he hoped the five might have suggestions for reconciling with the Church, although they recognised the reconciliation process was severely limited by the discipline which now binds the universal Church.