ROME, December 12, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – New Vatican guidelines for the training of future priests are prioritizing instruction in the “planetary crisis” and an “ecological conversion” while making no reference to the importance of rampant moral evils such as abortion and contraception.
The new guidelines from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, published December 7, emphasize that it will be “necessary” for seminarians to be trained in ecological concerns, a major focus of Pope Francis.
“It will be necessary for future priests to be highly sensitive to this theme and, through the requisite Magisterial and theological guidance, helped to ‘acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face,’” the guidelines read, quoting the pope’s ecological encyclical Laudato Si’. “This must then be applied to their future priestly ministry, making them promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation.”
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