In today’s reading from the Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, we finish up the introductory first chapter.
Article 3 makes a beautiful point about how priests are to be “set apart” but not “separated.” They are set apart for their unique and important service. But they should not be so separated from their flock that they cannot empathize with the problems others face.
Here are the Scripture citations:
And the footnotes:
15. Cf. Heb 5:1.
17. Cf. 1 Cor 9:19-23 (Vg.).
18. Cf. Acts 13:2.
19. Paul VI, encyclical Ecclesiam Suam, Aug.6, 1964: AAS 56 (1964), pp 627 and 638.
20. Cf. Rom 12:2.
21. Cf. Jn 10:14-16.
22. Cf. St. Polycarp, Epist. ad Philippenses, 6, 1 (ed. F.X. Funk, Apostolic Fathers, I, p 303).