Bishop at Synod: Some married men would answer the call to the priesthood

Bishop at Synod: Some married men would answer the call to the priesthood October 11, 2018

Some, of course, are already answering the call.

The story, from CNS: 

Speaking to the Synod of Bishops on behalf of Belgium’s bishops’ conference, a bishop said he was sure some young married men would become priests if they were asked.

The vocations of Christian marriage and “celibacy for the kingdom” of God “deserve to be equally promoted by the church,” Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said in his presentation Oct. 10.

Just as Christians are expected to pursue another vocation out of their baptismal vocation in a way that gives “flesh” or substance to the sacrament of baptism, certain people, whether they are married or not, may hear a call to serve and be ministers of their communities, he said.

“I am convinced that some young people,” who, out of their baptismal vocation, answered a call to commit themselves to “the bonds of marriage would readily answer ‘here I am’ if the church were to call them to priestly ministry,” said the bishop who was elected by the Belgian bishops to represent them at the synod on young people, faith and vocational discernment.

Jesuit Father Tommy Scholtes, spokesman of the conference, said Bishop Kockerols had submitted his text to the Belgian bishops before it was delivered to the synod and, as such, the text was presented on behalf of the whole bishops’ conference.

The bishop’s brief talk focused on a deeper understanding of the term, “vocation,” which begins with answering the call to life — choosing life and choosing to listen to and love the Lord.

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