Symposium to explore relationship between priests and laity

Cardinal Marc Ouellet (CNS/Paul Haring)

The Vatican will hold an international symposium next week to discuss the theology of the relationship between Catholic priests and the laity. Source: CNA.

The conference, “For a Fundamental Theology of the Priesthood,” will take place February on 17-19 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. The symposium was first announced in April 2021.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has organised the meeting together with the France-based Research and Anthropology Center for Vocations.

“The initiative proposes to reawaken enthusiasm for our faith in the gift of God and to give new zeal to the promotion of vocations,” organisers said.

According to a press release: “Bishops, clergy, laypeople and religious will meet for a moment of reflection and study on the relations between ordained ministers, and lay and religious members, with a view to harmonising their contribution, which will be articulated and in line with the call to holiness addressed to each one.”

The three-day symposium will begin with an introduction from Pope Francis on faith and the priesthood today. Around 500 priests, bishops, religious, and other Catholics are expected to attend.

Theologians and other Catholic experts will present on topics including the Fathers of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, priestly celibacy, the pastoral challenges of the priesthood, vocational formation, and the complementarity of the different states of life.

A roundtable on women and ministry will take place on the second day, February 18.

The symposium on vocations will be one of the first Vatican conferences to be held in-person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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