June 15, 2017

U.S. priests to consider goals and resolution during Assembly

Topics include immigration, married priests, parish staffing

 Immigration and married priests are two of the topics members of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests will consider during the group’s assembly in Atlanta, June 19-22. Additional topics may be surfaced by assembly participants.

Immigration

The proposed goal is to “Assist in the development of support systems for comprehensive immigration reform” and support study, prayer and action at the local level. The goal also includes a call to cooperate with “our fellow Christians and with Muslims and Jews and other religions” and to “work together with pro-reform organizations” such as lawyer groups and secular social service agencies.

Married priests

The proposed goal is to “Encourage U.S. bishops to engage in an open discussion in considering the ordination of married men” as priests. (The AUSCP has previously taken a similar stand in regard to the ordination of women as deacons.)

Other goals concern renewing seminary formation for priests, clerical growth, re-commitment to Gospel non-violence, the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocations, and fair employment practices for ministers and workers in Catholic institutions.

Priestless Parishes

One proposed resolution could lead to more lay leadership in “priestless parishes.” If adopted, the resolution would urge the U.S. bishops “to ensure that pastoral leadership, ordained or lay, will be provided” for Catholic parishioners.

Sacramental Anointing

A second resolution concerns the Catholic practice of the Sacrament of Anointing – part of what previous generations often referred to as the “Last Rites.” The priests say many hospital patients are being denied this sacrament because of inadequate priest-chaplain coverage. If adopted, the resolution would ask the U.S. bishops “to petition the Holy See for Deacons to administer the Sacrament of Anointing.”

 

Contact: Paul Leingang, 812-459-1374, prleingang@gmail.com