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ZENIT - Profile of a Priest

"The Church's real battlefield is the "secret landscape of man's spirit," and there, priests are invited to enter, with tact and compunction, counting on the grace of state that comes with ordination.
This was one of the observations offered Monday by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, at a meeting with priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
That city's Archbishop José Gómez invited the cardinal to participate in an annual conference for Hispanic priests serving in the United States.
The cardinal's poetic address offered a profile of the priest of the 21st century.
"It is right that the priest insert himself in the ordinary life of men, but he must not yield to the conformisms and compromises of society," he said.
The priest "is not like 'others.' What people expect from him is, in fact, that he not be 'like others.'"
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