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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
Cardinal Ratzinger with Seminarians
with Institute of Christ the King Seminarians

Priest Offering Mass
Vocations to the religious orderspriests, nuns, monks, and brothershave always been essential to the health of Holy Mother Church, to the promotion of the Faith, and to the greater glory of God.
 
We urger all members of the parish to do what they can to encourage vocations.
 
 
 
Pope John Paul II

From Pope John Paul II's 2003 Encyclical,
Ecclesia de Eucharista:
". . . how distressing and irregular is the situation of a Christian community which, despite having sufficient numbers and variety of faithful to form a parish, does not have a priest to lead it. Parishes are communities of the baptized who express and affirm their identity above all through the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. But this requires the presence of a presbyter, who alone is qualified to offer the Eucharist in persona Christi. When a community lacks a priest, attempts are rightly made somehow to remedy the situation so that it can continue its Sunday celebrations, and those religious and laity who lead their brothers and sisters in prayer exercise in a praiseworthy way the common priesthood of all the faithful based on the grace of Baptism. But such solutions must be considered merely temporary, while the community awaits a priest. ************ The sacramental incompleteness of these celebrations should above all inspire the whole community to pray with greater fervour that the Lord will send labourers into his harvest (cf. Mt 9:38). It should also be an incentive to mobilize all the resources needed for an adequate pastoral promotion of vocations, without yielding to the temptation to seek solutions which lower the moral and formative standards demanded of candidates for the priesthood. *************. When, due to the scarcity of priests, non- ordained members of the faithful are entrusted with a share in the pastoral care of a parish, they should bear in mind that as the Second Vatican Council teaches no Christian community can be built up unless it has its basis and centre in the celebration of the most Holy Eucharist. They have a responsibility, therefore, to keep alive in the community a genuine hunger for the Eucharist, so that no opportunity for the celebration of Mass will ever be missed . . ."