Reflects on the Role of Prophets During Morning Mass VATICAN CITY, December 16, 2013 (Zenit.org) - A Church that lacks prophecy leaves a void that is filled by cler…
The role that prophecy plays in relationship to the role played by bishops and ecclesiastical order, and tradition gas been a difficult one, as Tertullian discovered.
Here is a longer account of the homily from Vatican Insider. Since there doesn’t seem to be an example of what he considers clericalism in this homily, I wonder if he had this in mind:*Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalised”. Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism. (Pope Francis, Dec. 14, 2013)
When there is no prophecy in the people of God, the void it leaves is filled by clericalism: In fact it is this clericalism that demands of Jesus: ’ By what authority do you do these things? By what law?’. … May we never close ourselves within the legalism that closes doors! Lord, save your people from the spirit of clericalism and help us with the spirit of prophecy’. (Pope Francis, Dec. 17, 2013)*
The spirit of prophecy being men and women willing to speak out as the Spirit prompts to a world in need of God’s wisdom and guidance. Many discern what the Spirit says, but the spirit is quenched if men and women fail to courageously speak out to a needful world.
It looks like that’s exactly what he means by it. And to add to that:
Pope Francis: “Do not seek novelties with this worldly curiosity”