Pope reprimands clergy over being “part-time available”

  • Pope Francis scolded clergymen for keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close
  • The pontiff noted that clergymen should make themselves available to their groups day and night
  • Pope Francis also put emphasis on the importance of priests and deacons being mild-mannered, advising them “Never shout, never”.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis scolds clergymen for keeping visiting hours and relaxing once the church doors close during a homily in Saint Peter’s Basilica to mark the Church’s Jubilee of Deacons.

The pontiff noted that clergymen should make themselves available to their groups day and night.

“One who serves cannot hoard his free time; he has to give up the idea of being the master of his day,” the pontiff said.

“It deeply troubles me when I see a timetable in a parish: ‘From such a time to such a time’. And then? There is no open door, no priest, no deacon, no layperson to receive people. This is not good,” Pope Francis added.

“This is wrong. Have the courage to ignore the schedule,” the Pope was noted telling the crowd at Saint Peter’s Basilica.

An article by CNS News quoted the pope saying the clergymen should welcome “those who knock on those doors at odd hours, even if that entails setting aside something he likes to do or giving up some well-deserved rest”.

Pope Francis also put emphasis on the importance of priests and deacons being mild-mannered; advising them “Never shout, never”.

An article by AFP published by GMA News said that deacons from different parts of the globe including their families gathered in Rome this weekend in order to take part in the special jubilee; a celebration which is part of the Francis’ Jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy.

The pope has been making headlines for making bold and liberated stands on certain things that the Catholic Church had remained conservative with throughout time.

Earlier this month, the Argentine pontiff shocked the public when he shared that he would set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy as deacons.

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