Monday, July 2, 2007

What are priests for?

For people who have no theological background, the question is easily answered. Priests are for sacral functions. They officiate baptism, preside over Eucharistic assemblies, bless the dead, hear one's confession of sins.

But, are these the priests' functions? Are they being fed by the people for these works?

I do not think these are the essential functions of the priests. Even in the days of the First Christians, the cultic functions are not the reason-for-existence of the sacerdos. Proof is: how can we ignore the historical data about the primacy of the presidency over the community as against the presidency over the liturgical assemblies?

Yes, priests are actually for leadership functions.. Their cultic functions make sense only insofar as they are first acting as leaders of the community.

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