Curial Cardinal warns at a Pontifical High Mass for a Chartres pilgrimage: When the sacrament of Holy Orders is given to married men ("viri probati"), it leads to serious consequences and a definitive break with the Apostolic Tradition
Chartres Vatican (kath.net) "Dear brothers in the priesthood, always keep this certainty: to be connected to Christ on the cross, because priestly celibacy gives witness in the world! The resumption by some of the efforts to separate celibacy from the priesthood by giving the sacrament of ordination to married men ('viri probati'), which, as we have said, 'for pastoral reasons or necessities', leads to serious consequences, a definitive break with the Apostolic Tradition. Then we would establish a priesthood according to human criteria, but not continue the priesthood of Christ, obedient, poor and chaste. In fact, the priest is not just an 'alter Christi', but he is truly, ipse Christ: ‘Christ Himself! Therefore, the priest who follows Christ in the Church will always be a sign of contradiction!" Curial Cardinal Robert Sarah told the pilgrims in Chartes / France at a Pontifical Mass. Sarah is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments.
Almost 12,000 pilgrims came to the traditional Pentecost pilgrimage to Chartres.
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