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The Priest and His Image

by Blessed Alvaro del Portillo

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In this interview, the Very Rev. del Portillo gives a clear exposition of the mission of the priest and the unchanging significance of that mission in the economy of salvation. He reminds us that the principal points of the Church’s doctrine on the priesthood — including celibacy, preaching, training, and spirituality — have been sufficiently affirmed and expounded by the Magisterium of the Church. He points out that it is necessary to reaffirm them vigorously today, when attempts are being made to minimize their value in favor of approaches that empty the ministerial priesthood of its content and meaning. The Very Rev. del Portillo served as Secretary of the Conciliar Commission which prepared the Decree Presbyterorum Ordinis. This interview was conducted by Rev. Antonio Livi for the Centro Romano di Incontri Sacerdotali.

About the Author

Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was the head of the Opus Dei Prelature for almost twenty years, from 1975 to 1994.  In that period he gave numerous homilies and addresses; he wrote 176 pastoral letters and had hundreds of conversations with thousands of people in Rome and on his pastoral journeys across the globe.  His reputation for holiness is well-known throughout the world, with his beatification in 2014 approved by Pope Francis.  

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