Our Vocations Are Not All the Same

This past Sunday we were presented with beautiful Mass Readings from the Prophet Amos, St. Paul, and Our Lord, sending His Apostles out to evangelize the world. As has been the case my entire life, the fact that these particular Mass Readings from Sacred Scripture point clearly to the ministerial priesthood, was ignored and instead I heard yet again how all vocations are the same. This is not in line with the Church’s understanding of the hierarchy of the supernatural order, but it is what we have been subjected to for decades as we have embraced a bland, boring, uninspiring, and lifeless sameness for the vocations. In an attempt to make married couples feel better about themselves and in order to get rid of all of those “clericalist” tendencies of the hierarchy—some of which are genuine and others which are illusions—there has been an inordinate emphasis on the common priesthood, which is precisely why we no longer understand that reality is hierarchical or the nature of the ministerial priesthood. Why become a priest if all vocations are the same? This loss of the hierarchical nature of the supernatural order in favor of sameness is not what the documents of Vatican II call for in practice.

Our Vocations Are Not All the Same

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