Our Priesthood

The tea­ching of the SAVIOUR is a tea­ching of the heart rather than an intel­lec­tu­al doc­tri­ne. It is the tea­ching of love. Stu­dies and other school qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons are appre­cia­ted but for our priest­hood they are no requi­re­ment. The trai­ning to beco­me a priest takes place in accordance with the examp­le of JESUS CHRIST, who cal­led men of the com­mon peop­le, even unedu­ca­ted and mar­ried ones.
1 Cor. 8,1: „Know­ledge puffs up, but cha­ri­ty edi­fies.“

The Sword-Bishop does not train priests of the intel­lect, but priests of the heart.

Mar­ried bishops and priests were a mat­ter of cour­se in the ear­ly Chris­ti­an peri­od. Thus St. Paul wri­tes – 1 Tim. 3,2ff: „It beho­ves the­re­fo­re a bishop to be bla­meless, the hus­band of one wife, sober, pru­dent, of good beha­viour, chas­te, given to hos­pi­ta­li­ty, apt to teach. Not given to wine, no stri­ker but modest, not quar­rel­so­me, not cove­tous, but one that rules well his own house, having his child­ren in sub­jec­tion with all chas­ti­ty.“ Espe­cial­ly in the pas­to­ral care of mar­ria­ges and fami­lies, the mar­ried priest can work bene­fi­cial­ly.

The unmar­ried priest, howe­ver, has the advan­ta­ge of devo­ting hims­elf to the cau­se of GOD in an undi­vi­ded way. 1 Cor. 7,32ff: „But I would have you to be without soli­ci­tu­de. He that is without a wife is soli­ci­tous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may plea­se God. But he that is with a wife is soli­ci­tous for the things of the world, how he may plea­se his wife. And he is divi­ded.” It is out of the ques­ti­on, though, that an ordai­ned priest should mar­ry! Holy Orders is abo­ve Matri­mo­ny. One can­not climb down, only hig­her up to GOD.

Our epi­scopal con­se­cra­ti­ons and priest­ly ordi­na­ti­ons, which were repeated­ly exami­ned and decla­red valid, can be traced back via St. Igna­ti­us of Antioch to Apost­le Peter.

If someo­ne feels cal­led to the priest­hood, we offer, after a posi­ti­ve inter­view, a free stay for the pur­po­se of mutu­al acquain­tance. During this peri­od, a decisi­on to imi­ta­te CHRIST can be thought over and tes­ted.

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