Monday, August 07, 2017

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF PRIESTS


The long since expressed and clear, binding and urging Church Law for mandatory observance by every diocesan Priest the world over is definite and defined such as specifically in conjunction with their basic Rights and complementary Obligations.  Hereto should be added the reality that they are formally  told and repeatedly taught about such matters particularly  during their Philosophy studies (4 years) plus Theology courses (4 years) up to their Ordination to the Priesthood.  This is not to mention the fact that basically the same Rights and Obligations are the direct or complementary subject matters of their yearly Holy Retreats, Monthly Recollections and periodic conferences.  For the record, below are their Rights and Obligations according to Church Law:

RIGHTS
1.  To belong to any appropriate and proper Association.
2.  To have due remuneration for priestly services.
3.  To receive needed provision for old age/sickness/death.

“OBLIGATIONS”
1.  To show reverence and obedience to the Pope and Bishops.
2.  To accept and fulfill Ministries/Offices given by one’s own Bishop.
3.  To observe the bond of brotherhood and prayers with fellow Priests.
4.  To acknowledge and promote the mission of the Laity.
5.   To seek and observe holiness in and for the Church.
6.  To fulfill the demands of their assigned Ministries.
7.  To promote their spiritual life through Scripture reading/Holy Mass.
8.  To pray the duly approved Breviary or Liturgy of the Hour.
9.  To undergo Spiritual Retreats as mandated by one’s Bishop.
10.  To engage in regular Mental Prayer and in going to Confession.
11.  To have particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
12.  To observe perfect and perpetual continence plus celibacy.
13.  To behave with prudence in personal relations.
14.  To avoid Associations dissonant with Clerical Obligations.
15.  To continue learning the Sacred Scriptures and Papal Documents.
16.  To go on attending Sessions/Conferences for more knowledge.
17.  To seek knowledge of sciences linked with their Sacred Ministry.
18.  To observe some form/practice of Common Life with fellow Priests.
19.  To follow a simple way of life and thus avoid worldliness.
20.   To give surplus money for the Good of the Church and for charity.
21.  To observe the Law of Residency for ministerial purposes.
22.  To wear suitable/decent  clothing in line with their Clerical State.
23.  To shun everything contrary to their chosen state of life.
24.  To avoid anything foreign or improper to their Clerical State.
25.  To reject any offer of any public Office with civil power.
26.  To deny management of temporalities belonging to lay people.
27.  To refuse any commercial venture personally or in another’s name.
28.  To work for, and promote peace based on justice and truth.
29.   To avoid playing an active role in any Political Party.

30.  To do away with but  a personal option to be in military service.