Valencia, Spain, Apr 4, 2011 / 15:58 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid, Spain called priests to make frequent confessions in order to end “the crisis in priestly ministry.”
The cardinal made his remarks in Valencia during an April 1 conference.
He noted that both Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor John Paul II made enormous efforts to end “the crisis in priestly ministry.”
To accomplish this, he explained, priests must “truly” believe in God and “understand the priesthood.” They should “love Christ and God in a dynamic way,” because “in order to love one’s neighbor, he must first love God.”
Cardinal Rouco urged priests “to live in a state of grace,” emphasizing that frequent confession is “essential.” The “exercise of obedience,” which he described as “living the cross,” is also necessary even if it leads to “suffering.”