If, while exercising his priestly ministry, a priest publicly supports a political party, he alienates himself from his parishioners who are in the opposition.
It is easier to restore an authority based on coercion than moral authority. In other words, once moral authority is lost, it may never be restored.
Be shepherds with ‘the smell of the sheep’…people capable of living, of laughing and crying with your people, in a word, of communicating with them – Pope Francis
As priests and religious, we are trained to be adaptive whilst keeping to Church’s law and fundamental teachings. As we exercise our authority, let us always remember that no two places and people are the same.
As we exercise our duties and make decisions concerning the flock entrusted to us, we should ask ourselves: If Christ was here, what would he do? If Christ was present today, how would he react to this situation?
If Jesus, who called us, accepted that his subordinates could differ, what about us who are simply “Jesus’ errand boys and girls”
As Jesus did not take offence, let us not take offence; instead, let’s reflect on them. God speaks to us in varied ways.
As Church leaders and collaborators to Church authority, we are to help each other in being effective pastors of Christ’s flock for the growth of the Church and the salvation of our souls.
We are simply “errand boys”—a term packaged as “servants of the servants of God” and beautified as “vicar of Christ” according to our level on the hierarchy.