Pastors with double lives are wound to the Church
Pope Francis gave a strong homily at Casa Santa Marta. He reminded that priests who don't live their faith with coherence are a sore spot for the Church.
It's bad to see pastors with double lives. It's a wound to the Church. Sick pastors, who have lost authority and carry on with this double life. Jesus is stern with them. He not only tells people to listen to them but also to not do what they do. What does He tell them? 'You're white sepulchers.' Beautiful in doctrine on the outside, but rotting within. The prescription issued by the Holy Father for these pastors contains two parts – firstly, be close to God in prayer, and secondly, be close to the people to understand them and love them.
Because He was close, He understood. He welcomed, healed, taught with closeness. What grants authority to a pastor or awakens authority in him, given by the Father, is closeness to God in prayer. A pastor who does not pray, who does not seek God, cannot be close to the people. A pastor detached from the people cannot bring His message to them. This double closeness is what the anointing of the pastor consists in, because moved by God's gift of prayer, the pastor in turn can be moved by the sins, the problems and the diseases of the people.
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