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Priests accept 'brokenness' and apologize to victims
Meeting aims to make priests more aware of the challenges of modern life
- C.J. Varghese, New Delhi
- February 25, 2011
The program organized the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India in New Delhi aimed to make priests aware of the challenges the Church faces with regard to their life and ministry.
â€śBeing human, we accept our brokenness and sorrow and we express solidarity with those who have been wounded by us,â€ť said a statement issued at the end of the meeting.
The 82 priests from 69 dioceses in IndiaÂ agreed that they have joyfully chosen to be celibate and live it with integrity and sincerity.
The participants also resolved to grow in spiritual maturity through prayer and continually renew them keeping Jesus as model.
They have also decided to maintain â€śa sense of joyful gratitude to God and to the peopleâ€ť for their special vocation.
â€śWe are lamps that burn by the oil which is the grace of God and we depend on Him for it,â€ť the statement said.
The participants also plan to train priests at seven selected centers in India. The â€śtraining of trainersâ€ť program would form teams of priests who prepare other diocesan priests to lead a life of commitment and integrity.
They plan to stress monthly recollections, produce diocesan bulletins and form priests groups at deaneries to disseminate the message.
The program will encourage priests to remain faithful in their life. Another plan is to organize ongoing programs to refresh priests and keep them alert for modern challenges.
The meeting also decided to support each other by cautioning and counseling erring priests.
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