The preparation and education of priests: If “viri probati” are ordained, it will be greatly different for them than for seminary candidates

[The preparation and education of priests: If “viri probati” are ordained, it will be greatly different for them than for seminary candidates]

If  (usually married) “viri probati” (literally “proven men” or loosely “community leaders) are ordained as priests, there will be quite a difference between their preparation/education and that of celibate priestly candidates on the regular seminary track (similar to education and internship for a medical doctor).

The latter currently takes from six to eight years: The propaedeutic (or discernment) phase – at least one year; the study of philosophy (a major of 30 semester hours with some other liberal arts courses) – usually two years, but it can be crammed into a single year of only philosophy courses; the study of theology – usually fours years of courses, but some programs include a one semester internship in a parish as an ordained “transitional” deacon – usually during one or the other semester of the last year, while other programs have the deacon internship (of one or two semesters) after the fourth year of theology with ordination as a deacon but not yet as a priest.

The former (viri probati) may have a part-time program similar to that for candidates to the “permanent” diaconate a few evenings per week or a two or three week summer program spread over three to four years, or the “viri” may have less or none (the latter if they are judged thoroughly “probati” and prepared as a “community leaders” for immediate ordination).

 

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2 comments on “The preparation and education of priests: If “viri probati” are ordained, it will be greatly different for them than for seminary candidates

  1. I don’t support the modern proposals but the argument above does not hold water.
    It’s not the time or years one puts in that makes for a good priest. It’s the quality time put in that counts.
    Think of it this way. Years have been put into Pope Francis, yet, rarely anything intelligent comes out.
    The real issue or argument should not be the years of preparation, but the evil ideologies [Marxism, Feminism, Leftist Racism, Enlightenment, Democracy, Social Engineering, etc.] behind those preparing the priests.

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