The Betrayal and Denial of Clericalism

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s Gospel reminds me that even though Jesus was well aware of the betrayal and denial that awaited him, he still instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders, “through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time”.

As I support our priests tonight at our diocesan Chrism Mass, I pray that it is not a false support that is insensitive to the betrayal and denial of Christ caused by clericalism in the Diocese of Amarillo.

“Who’s going to save our Church? It’s not our bishops, it’s not our priests and it is not the religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that the priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and the religious act like religious.”

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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