Do not be “clerics of the state,” says Pope Francis

Do not be “clerics of the state,” says Pope Francis

AP3309000_ArticoloPope Francis asserted Mexican seminarians to not be “clerics of the state.” Pope had advised the seminarians through the guestbook he signed at the Diocesan Seminary in Ecatepec.

“Let all those who in this house are prepared for the priesthood, always keep foremost in their mind Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Holy Mother. And that they prepare themselves to be shepherds of the faithful people of God and not ‘clerics of the state,” the Pope exhorted the seminarians.

Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, the editor-in-chief of the Jesuit magazine Civiltà Cattolica had published a photo of the guestbook in the social media.