Wednesday, October 05, 2016

OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS OF PRIESTS



As formally and expressly enacted by pertinent Church normative provisions – in accord with the nature, features and finalities of the Priesthood – the following are the obligations and Rights of Priests as legislated by Canon Law, hereunder expressed in simple terms and abbreviated forms:

Obligations:

1.  To show reverence and obedience to their ecclesiastical superiors.
2.  To accept and fulfill the priestly assignments given to them.
3.  To pray, to live and work together with their fellow Priests.
4.  To promote and support the mission/apostolate of the Laity.
5.  To seek holiness of life serving people in the Church and in the world.
6.  To remain faithful and dedicated to their ministerial work.
7.  To properly celebrate the Mass and administer the Sacraments.
8.  To pray the Breviary daily for the right season and in the right time.
9.  To undergo  regular Spiritual Retreat and attend updating Seminars.
10.  To faithfully engage themselves in mental prayer and penitential Rites.
11.  To teach and promote official Church devotions and religious practices.
12.  To live and observe continence and thus live a celibate life.
13.  To deal with prudence towards persons who could deviate their oath.
14.  To refrain from joining associations/activities dissonant with their solemn oath.
15.  To continue studying Scriptures, Church doctrine, Papal teachings.
16.  To go on attending theological, pastoral and administrative seminars.
17.  To seek knowledge of other Sacred Sciences and renewed pastoral methods.
18.  To have and maintain some form of Common Life with other Priests.
19.  To follow a simple way of life and avoid worldliness.
20.  To apply unneeded resources to Church needs and charitable works.
21.  To observe the Law of residence as determined by Church Officials.
22.  To wear suitable clothing becoming of Priests.
23.  To shun everything unbecoming of their Priesthood.
24.  To avoid anything improper to their priestly life and calling.
25.  To refuse any Office with exercise of civil power.
26.  To reject management of temporal goods belonging to lay people.
27.  To abstain from practicing commerce or trade alien to the Priesthood.
28.  To foster harmony and peace through the observance of justice and truth.
29.  To renounce all political offices and not to belong to any Labor Party.
30.  To avoid volunteering for military service except through Chaplaincy.

Rights:
1.  To belong to an Association with priestly/religious objectives.
2.  To be provided for his personal needs according to local living standard.
3.  To be attended to in sickness and in his old age, burial included.

All the above cited “Obligations and Rights” of Catholic Priests – as formally provided and defined by Church Law may appear too many  and too little in number and nature respectively.  The sequence even is about “Obligations and Rights” as the former are much more complex and complicated in terms of the same factors although the standard phrase used is “Rights and Obligations”.  It is not only good but also proper and useful to know these realities.