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 Post subject: Diocesan charism?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:57 am 
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The various orders (Dominicans, Benedictans, Franciscans, etc.) have their known charisms that help define the mission and spirituality of that order.

Insofar as there is one, how would you define the charism of the diocesan priesthood?

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 Post subject: Re: Diocesan charism?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:15 pm 
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I suppose by studying the life of St. Jean Vianney one could determine the charisms the Church expects of Diocesan priests, since she delegated St. Jean their patron.

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 Post subject: Re: Diocesan charism?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:02 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Diocesan charism?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:42 am 
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I think "charism" is being used equivocally here. There is the hypothesized charism of diocesan priests, akin to the charism of a religious order (that the order would receive through her founder), then there are the charisms of individuals, e.g. the ability to read souls. In the former sense I don't think diocesan priests have a specific charism; they don't have a particular approach to spreading the Gospel.

I could be wrong!

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 Post subject: Re: Diocesan charism?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:59 pm 
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I think the term "religious" and "secular" are important here. The way it was explained to me is that the term religious was a term that narrowed focus. Of course, we should ALL be religious. But, when it is used in a context of a religion, it is is even MORE narrowing to a specific aspect of that religion. So, a religious order (inside a religion) has a certain charism that they focus on. The diocesan priest does not have that narrowing, and has the broadest calling within that religion. So, a diocesan priest is only narrowed in focus based on his individual characteristics as a man, but isn't called to a more narrow focus that would be required of a specific vow to a community within the church that had a specific focus.

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