Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, February 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Friends of the Bridegroom: Reflections on Priestly Fatherhood in Light of Contemporary Challenges” by Antonio López from the Summer 2018 (Volume 45.2) issue of Communio entitled “Priesthood, Consecration, Marriage: Is Love Possible? A Symposium Discerning the Signs of the Times”. The PDF can be downloaded here.Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “Friends of the Bridegroom: Reflections on Priestly Fatherhood in Light of Contemporary Challenges,” Antonio López observes that the current crisis in the Church “represents a call to rediscover what priestly existence is about and to re-decide with greater awareness, freedom, and totality in its favor.” He thus considers the mystery of the priesthood, which is both nuptial and paternal, as bringing together two essential aspects of the incarnate God’s faithful love for his people, both of which involve the integrated maleness of the priest as embodied icon of that love. If we recognize the role of the body and the essential nature of the sexual difference, López argues, then “it is possible to see the conflict affecting the paternal and spousal dimensions of the ordained priesthood centers on one point: the rejection of the fruitful receptivity proper to love.”
Location: We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. And the Kateri Room is on your right before enter the church proper.
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