‘Avoid comparing priests to each other’

“Be patient with them as they adjust to their new assignment and as they get acquainted with the culture, history, and traditions of your parish,” he added.

Dec 02, 2022

File photo of priests in the Archdiocese of Manila at the Manila cathedral. (LiCas News photo/Maria Tan)



MANILA:
As the new clergy assignments in the Manila archdiocese are underway, Cardinal Jose Advincula has a request to the faithful: do not compare priests. Priests have their own uniqueness, gifts and talents, he said, “Please do not compare priests because when you do, you are hurting them,” Cardinal Advincula said. “When you compare priests, you are wounding the brotherhood of priests and your community as well.”

He asked the parishioners to pray for their new priests and to welcome them “with open minds and hearts” by “looking at their good qualities.”

“Please support your new priests. They are God’s gift to your community,” the cardinal said. “Get to know them well yourself, don’t base your opinion on the stories of other people. This will be a good start for the parish.”

“Be patient with them as they adjust to their new assignment and as they get acquainted with the culture, history, and traditions of your parish,” he added.

More than 200 priests are taking their new roles soon as a result of reshuffle of clergy assignments announced on October 13. --LiCAS News

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