Thursday, February 13, 2020
Yesterday, the Holy Father did something completely unexpected: nothing at all.
In his long-awaited exhortation on the Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia, we find the clearest insight into Pope Francis’s thinking on the vocations crisis, both in the Amazon and across the Western world. His solution is not to do away with clerical celibacy. It is not to ordain women to the diaconate or priesthood. It is not to encourage “lay-led services” in lieu of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. His recommendation is simply this: prayer and preaching.
“No Christian community is built up which does not grow from and hinge on the celebration of the most holy Eucharist,” he writes; “This urgent need leads me to urge all bishops, especially those in Latin America, not only to promote prayer for priestly vocations, but also to be more generous in encouraging those who display a missionary vocation to opt for the Amazon region.”
Nothing has changed, and there’s nothing in Querida to suggest it ever will.
Well bully for Papa. Never thought I'd say this, but Francis seems to have done good. I say this also by judging by the moans and gnashing of teeth coming from the usual suspects.