Priesthood Quotes

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John  Adams
“...Turn our thoughts, in the next place, to the characters of learned men. The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. Read over again all the accounts we have of Hindoos, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Teutons, we shall find that priests had all the knowledge, and really governed all mankind. Examine Mahometanism, trace Christianity from its first promulgation; knowledge has been almost exclusively confined to the clergy. And, even since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your legs and hands, and fly into your face and eyes.

[Letters to John Taylor, 1814, XVIII, p. 484]”
John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

Giovannino Guareschi
“Lord, my hands were made for blessing, but not my feet!”
Giovanni Guareschi, The Little World of Don Camillo

Hans Küng
“Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.”
Hans Küng

Hans Küng
“The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?”
Hans Küng

Ted Dekker
“Perfect, that's our plan then. But you'll have to give up being a priest first. I wouldn't want to just sit around whispering and sipping hot chocolate.”
Ted Dekker, The Priest's Graveyard

Robert Hugh Benson
“When she (Marjorie) was at her prayers (which was pretty often just now), and at other times, when the air lightened suddenly about her and the burdens of earth were lifted as if another hand were put to them, why, then, all was glory, and she saw Robin as transfigured and herself beneath him all but adoring. Little visions came and went before her imagination. Robin riding, like some knight on an adventure, to do Christ's work; Robin at the altar, in his vestments; Robin absolving penitents- all in a rosy light of faith and romance. She saw him even on the scaffold, undaunted and resolute, with God's light on his face, and the crowd awed beneath him; she saw his soul entering heaven, with all the harps ringing to meet him, and eternity begun...and then, at other times, when the heaviness came down on her, as clouds upon the Derbyshire hills, she understood nothing but that she had lost him; that she was not to be hers, but Another's; that a loveless and empty life lay before her, and a womanhood that was without its fruition. And it was this latter mood that fell on her, swift and entire, when, looking out from her window a little before dinnertime, she saw suddenly his hat, and his horse's head, jerking up the steep path to the house.
She fell on her knees by her bedside.
'Jesu!' She cried. 'Jesu! Give me strength to meet him.”
Robert Hugh Benson, Come Rack! Come Rope!

Michael Coren
“In early Judaism, the priesthood was maintained within various families and passed down from father to son, thus necessitating marriage. But this is the old covenant, and even within this model priests were required to abstain from having sex with their wives during the time they served in the Temple. Catholics believe that priests fulfill this Temple relationship ever day - the Mass and the Eucharist mean they are serving in the Temple every day of their ordained lives.”
Michael Coren, Why Catholics are Right

Barbara Brown Taylor
“To be a priest is to know that things are not as they should be and yet to care for them the way they are.”
Barbara Brown Taylor

Robert Hugh Benson
“...Robin felt a strange thrill of glory at the thought that he bore with him, in virtue of his priesthood only, so much consolation. He faces for the the first time that tremendous call of which he had heard so much in Rheims- that desolate cry of souls that longed and longed in vain for those gifts of which a priest of Christ could alone bestow...”
Robert Hugh Benson, Come Rack! Come Rope!

Nathaniel Hawthorne
“I, whom you behold in these black garments of the priesthood,—I, who ascend the sacred desk, and turn my pale face heavenward, taking upon myself to hold communion, in your behalf, with the Most High Omniscience,—I, in whose daily life you discern the sanctity of Enoch,—I, whose footsteps, as you suppose, leave a gleam along my earthly track, whereby the pilgrims that shall come after me may be guided to the regions of the blest,—I, who have laid the hand of baptism upon your children,—I, who have breathed the parting prayer over your dying friends, to whom the Amen sounded faintly from a world which they had quitted,—I, your pastor, whom you so reverence and trust, am utterly a pollution and a lie!”

Excerpt From: Nathaniel Hawthorne. “The Scarlet Letter.” iBooks.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Arnold Hauser
“Nothing could have been less in line with contemporary conceptions of art than that the theatre should be divorced from all relation to life and politics. Greek tragedy was in the strictest sense ‘political drama’; the finale of Eumenides, with its fervent prayers for the prosperity of the Attic state, betrays the main purpose of the piece. This political control of the theatre brought back to currency the old view that the poet is guardian of a higher truth and an educator who leads his people up to a higher plane of humanity. Through the performance of tragedies on the state-ordained festivals and the circumstances that tragedy came to be looked upon as the authoritative interpretation of the national myths, the poet once more attains to a position almost equivalent to that of the priestly seer of prehistoric times.”
Arnold Hauser, The Social History of Art, Volume 1: From Prehistoric Times to the Middle Ages

Ernesto Cardenal
“আরনেস্তো কারদেনাল-এর কবিতা । অনুবাদ : মলয় রায়চৌধুরী
অনুবাদ : মলয় রায়চৌধুরী

মেরিলিন মনরোর জন্য প্রার্থনা
প্রভু :
পৃথিবীতে মারিলিন মনরো নামে পরিচিত এই বালিকাটিকে গ্রহণ করুন
যদিও তা ওর প্রকৃত নাম নয়
( কিন্তু আপনি মেয়েটির প্রকৃত নাম জানেন : অনাথ মেয়ে ৯ বছর বয়সে ধর্ষিত
দোকানের কর্মচারী মেয়ে যে ১৬ বছর বয়সে নিজের জীবন শেষ করে দিতে চেয়েছিল )
যে এখন আপনার সামনে নিজেকে তুলে ধরছে কোনো সাজগোজ না করে
কোনো কাগজের দালাল সঙ্গে নেই
কোনো ফোটোগ্রাফার নেই অটোগ্রাফ সইয়ের ব্যাপার নেই,
নভোচরের মতন একা রাত্রির মুখোমুখি যার নাম মহাকাশ ।
বালিকা হিসাবে, মেয়েটি গির্জায় নগ্ন থাকার স্বপ্ন দেখেছিল ( টাইম ম্যাগাজিন যেমন বলে )
সাষ্টাঙ্গ জনগণের সামনে, মেঝেতে মাথা পেতে,
আর ওকে পায়ের আঙুলে ভর দিয়ে হাঁটতে হচ্ছিল যাতে তাদের মাথায় না পা রাখতে হয়।
মনোবিদদের চেয়ে ভালো আপনি এই স্বপ্নগুলো সম্পর্কে ভালো জানেন ।
গির্জা, বাসা, গুহা হলো মায়ের বুকের মতন সুরক্ষিত
কিন্তু তার চেয়েও বেশি…
মাথাগুলো মেয়েটির ভক্ত, তা পরিষ্কার
( আলোর এক স্রোতের তলায় অন্ধকারে মাথার জমঘট )।
কিন্তু মন্দিরটা তো টোয়ান্টিয়েথ সেঞ্চুরি-ফক্স স্টুডিও নয় ।
মন্দির -- শ্বেতপাথর আর সোনায় -- মেয়েটির দেহের মন্দির
যেখানে মানবপুত্র, চাবুক হাতে,
টোয়েন্টিয়েথ সেঞ্চুরি-ফক্স ব্যাবসাদারদের তাড়ায় ।
যারা আপনার প্রার্থনার বাড়িকে চোরেদের গুহায় বদলে দিয়েছে।

প্রভু :
এই জগত কি পাপ আর বিকিরণে দূষিত,
আপনি দোকানের কর্মচারী মেয়েটিকে কেবল দোষ দিতে পারেন না
যে, আর সমস্ত দোকানের কর্মচারী মেয়েদের মতন, তারকা হবার স্বপ্ন দেখেছিল।
আর ওর স্বপ্ন ছিল বাস্তব ( কিন্তু যেমন টেকনিকালারও বাস্তব )।
মেয়েটি কেবল আমাদের দেয়া স্ক্রিপ্ট অভিনয় করেছিল,
যা আমাদের নিজেদের জীবন, এক অদ্ভুত স্ক্রিপ্ট ।
মেয়েটিকে ক্ষমা করুন, প্রভু, আর আমাদের ক্ষমা করুন
আমাদের বিশ শতকের জন্য
বিশাল অতি-উৎপাদনের জন্য যাতে আমরা সবাই খেটেছি।
মেয়েটি ভালোবাসা পেতে চেয়েছিল আর আমরা দিয়েছি ঘুমের ওষুধ।
যে দুঃখের জন্য আমরা কেউই পবিত্র নই
মেয়েটিকে মনোবিদ দেখাবার পরামর্শ দেয়া হয়েছিল।
মনে করুন প্রভু ক্যামেরা সম্পর্কে মেয়েটির বৃদ্ধিপ্রাপ্ত আতঙ্ক
সাজগোজকে ঘৃণা, প্রতিটি দৃশ্যের জন্য তাকে নতুন করে তোলার জন্য দাবি
আর কেমন করে আতঙ্ক বেড়ে যেতে লাগলো
আর স্টুডিওতে অনেক দেরিতে পৌঁছোনো ।
দোকানের কর্মচারী মেয়েদেরর মতন
মেয়েটি তারকা হবার স্বপ্ন দেখেছিল ।
আর মেয়েতির জীবন ছিল অবাস্তব, স্বপ্ন যা মনোবিদ ব্যাখ্যা করে আর নথি করে রাখে।
মেয়েটির রোমান্স ছিল দুই চোখ বন্ধ করে চুমু খাওয়া
কিন্তু তারপর চোখ খুলে যায়
আর আবিষ্কার করে প্রচুর আলো ওর দিকে মুখ করা
তারপর আলোগুলো অন্ধকার হয়ে যায় !
আর লোকেরা ঘরের দুটো দেয়াল ভেঙে ফ্যালে ( তা ছিল ফিল্মের সেট )
পরিচালক নিজের নোটবই নিয়ে চলে যান
কেননা দৃশ্যটা তোলা হয়ে গেছে ।
কিংবা প্রমোদভ্রমণের পোতে, সিঙ্গাপুরে একটা চুমু, রিওতে নাচ
উইন্ডসর প্রাসাদে ডিউক ও ডাচেসের অভ্যর্থনা
এক মর্মন্তুদ ফ্ল্যাটের ছোটো বৈঠকখানায় দেখা ।
শেষ চুমু ছাড়াই ফিল্মটি শেষ হয় ।
ওরা মেয়েটিকে তার বিচানায় মৃত পেলো, হাতে ফোন ।
আর গোয়েন্দারা জানতে পারেনি কাকে মেয়েটি ডাকছিল ।
তা ছিল
সেইরকম যে বন্ধু কন্ঠস্বরকে চেনে তাকে ফোন করতে চাইছিল
কেবল রেকর্ড করা কন্ঠস্বর শোনার জন্য যা বলবে : রং নাম্বার
কিংবা কারোর মতন, যে, ডাকাতদের দ্বারা ঘায়েল
তার ছেঁড়া ফোনের দিকে হাত বাড়ায় ।
প্রভু :
কাকে ডাকার চেষ্টা মেয়েটি করেছিল তাতে কিছুই আসে-যায় না
কিন্তু পারেনি ( আর হবতো তা কেউ ছিল না
কিংবা কেউ যার নাম্বার লস অ্যাঞ্জেলেস ফোনের বইতে নেই ।

আপনিই ফোনের জবাব দিন !”
Ernesto Cardenal, Love: A Glimpse of Eternity

“A priest prays to cure others hurt against a pride answers to cause others hurt”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Linden MacIntyre
“When I'd be playing the tables at the casino, obviously I dressed and behaved like a layman. I think that was half the addiction. The thrill of becoming somebody else. It feels so good. We're natural performers, in a way. Always acting in a role of one kind or another.”
Linden MacIntyre, The Bishop's Man

“Priesthood lies in praying.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Andrzej Sapkowski
“Become a priest. You wouldn't be bad at it with all your scruples, your morality, your knowledge of people and of everything.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish

Edward T. Welch
“Priests are the very offspring of God and share in his likeness. Our lineage is from heaven, which makes us hybrids of heaven and earth, though the scales tip in the direction of heaven. We are more connected to heaven than is the rest of creation. We are children priests or, since our Father is the king, we are royal priests who can enjoy his companionship as he actually enjoys ours.”
Edward T. Welch, Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God's Royal Priests

“There is a mental disease called 'anorexia' in which mind makes you believe that you are fat, even though you are extremely thin. Similarly, there should be a name of the disease in which patient believes that he/she is holier-than-thou. These patients become spiritual leaders of another category of patients who believe that they are unholy sinners.”

Abhijit Naskar
“If there is to be reform in religion, the practitioners of religion - priests, preachers, nuns, monks and every such individual, must come forward, before everyone else, and set an example as advocates of harmony and growth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Vatican Virus: The Forbidden Fiction

Abhijit Naskar
“Amidst the sea of medieval bigots dominating the domain of religion, there are also priests and preachers who are bringing in a whiff of fresh air.”
Abhijit Naskar, Vatican Virus: The Forbidden Fiction

George Weigel
“Cardinal Wojtyła and one of his auxiliary bishops, Juliusz Groblicki, clandestinely ordained priests for service in Czechoslovakia, in spite of (or perhaps because of) the fact that the Holy See had forbidden underground bishops in that country to perform such ordinations. The clandestine ordinations in Kraków were always conducted with the explicit permission of the candidate’s superior—his bishop or, in the case of members of religious orders, his provincial. Security systems had to be devised. In the case of the Salesian Fathers, a torn-card system was used. The certificate authorizing the ordination was torn in half. The candidate, who had to be smuggled across the border, brought one half with him to Kraków, while the other half was sent by underground courier to the Salesian superior in Kraków. The two halves were then matched, and the ordination could proceed in the archbishop’s chapel at Franciszkańska, 3.

Cardinal Wojtyła did not inform the Holy See of these ordinations. He did not regard them as acts in defiance of Vatican policy, but as a duty to suffering fellow believers. And he presumably did not wish to raise an issue that could not be resolved without pain on all sides. He may also have believed that the Holy See and the Pope knew that such things were going on in Kraków, trusted his judgment and discretion, and may have welcomed a kind of safety valve in what was becoming an increasingly desperate situation.”
George Weigel, Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

Karen Maitland
“I would not betray a priest, but if you will not act as a priest should, if your miserable little skin is worth more to you than another man's immortal soul, then you have aban doned your vows and you are no priest”
Karen Maitland, The Gallows Curse

“It is this people, then, the priestly people, the body of Christ and the community of Christ, who are the ‘subject’ of liturgical celebrations. In other words, it is they who celebrate the liturgy, and the form of the liturgy must be of such sort as to make this possible. The Christian liturgy by its nature cannot be the monologue of a single participant. It is the action of a whole community. On the other hand, it is not an unstructured community. Each member, and indeed each group of members (e.g. the choir), has its role to fulfil and all by these funcitons are exercising the priesthood that they share with Christ and Chruches, an indispensable part of this structure is the priesthood, which is a ministry...of the priesthood of Christ and is in no way opposed to the priesthood of the people but is complementary to it. There is but one priesthood, that of Christ, which the whole Church exists to seve and make actual in the here and now. In the liturgical assembly the ministers of Christ have a special role of leading, of presiding, of preaching of uniting all in self-offering with Christ. For their part, the people not only act and offer through the priest-celebrant, they act and offer with him. By virtue of their baptism, they share in the priesthood of Christ and...they have their various roles to perform.”
J.D. Crichton

“Theologians were convinced that slavery belonged to Catholic doctrine. It was manifestly contained, they thought, in the Word of God. "It is certainly a matter of faith that slavery in which a man serves his master as a slave, is altogether lawful. This can be proved from Holy Scripture.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“How could such an anomalous, un-Christian practice be tolerated in the Church in the first place? It seems that leaders were not prepared to listen to the prophetic voices raised by conscientious people in the Church.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“If all the bishops in the world had been asked, two hundred years ago, whether slavery is allowed by God, 95 per cent of them, including the Pope, would have said, 'Yes, slavery is allowed'. Yet in spite of their number, they would all have been wrong.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“Some of my friends tell me that the ordination of women is an issue that can wait. 'Rome has decisively turned against it,' they say. 'Change may come, but only in the future — under another Pope, when the heat has died down.' They point to a vast majority of bishops and theologians who have decided to keep their mouths shut, even though they realise Rome is wrong. Tact is needed, they argue. There is a time for speaking and a time for silence...

I disagree. Yes, for years I too thought that wisdom would slowly prevail in the Church and that the issue of women priests would ripen in the course of time. That is why, until three years ago, I too had adopted a strategy of wait-and-see. But now I have changed my mind. For the Roman authorities force us to take sides. They impose their own view so strongly as the truth, that by keeping silent now, we would compromise our own consciences.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“True loyalty to the Church implies loyalty to the truth. It requires willingness to question rather than readiness to conform. What may seem opposition and dissent at first, will eventually prove to be an active co-operation between the teaching authorities and the theologians towards the one aim of a better-formulated doctrine.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“Though, with St. Paul, I fully subscribe to women being treated on equal terms as men in the Church, I am not a feminist. I am a man, and I cannot speak from my Christian experience as a woman, nor judge issues specifically from a womanly perspective as women theologians do. Neither did I enter the field with a feminist agenda, as I narrated in the first chapter. I am approaching the question of women's ordination as a theologian. And like other theologians — both men and women — I have come to the clear recognition that the reasons for barring women from ordination cannot be substantiated from Scripture or tradition. Sacred Scripture leaves the question wide open. In so-called Catholic "tradition", women were excluded from ministries because of social conditions and cultural prejudice. I will validate these claims in the next chapters. I am defending these conclusions as a man, as a professional theologian and as a Catholic.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

“The presumption that Jesus who had wiped out the ancient bias against women in the common priesthood of the faithful, would reintroduce it in ministerial priesthood defies all logic. The contention that Jesus, who brought worship 'in spirit and in truth' and for whom love and service were the supreme characteristics of his ministry, would then introduce maleness as an essential requirement offends the inner consistency of the Gospel.”
John Wijngaards, Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo's Egg Tradition 1st edition by Wijngaards, John published by Continuum [ Paperback ]

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