Diocesan versus Religious or Missionary Priests
March 26, 2012 3:01am CST
Do the differences between Diocesan Priests and Religious or Missionary Priests can make ones better than the other ones? Can you get a better observation, any idea, opinion aside from what I'm about to write down below? Based from what I know, the diocesan priests are Secular Priests. They can own something but they live simply! The latin word for world is saeculum, and there's the derivation of the expression secular priests, those out in the the world, ministering to God's people. While the religious or missionary priests, on the other hand, have promised the three vows of "Poverty", "Chastity" and "Obedience". They can also own something as a community, stipends are surrendered to the superior via the treasurer; and monthly, they receive allowance and they also need to live simply. I think they live more simple than the other one! What do you think? Essentially, the three cononical vows (poverty, chastity, and obedience) makes a religious different from a secular because the latter never take the three vows. But of course they do make a promise to their bishop to obey him as their spiritual leader for a particular diocese, and they also make a promise to remain celibate. While the religious priests are always under their superiors which I think a little too way harder than the other one. When they are being assigned to a far flung areas like in some villages in the provinces of Mindanao island in the Philippines where Abu Sayyaf, Abu Sabaya, Abu etcetera are there, they could be kidnapped, butchered and what not? You may want to share on this topic?
27 Mar 12
it really depend on the choose of the person who undertake those kind o vow. he may get inheritance from a parents if he s a diocesan priest and of course this also mean getting closer to home. it gives him the chance to visit his parents and not to get away from them which exactly the opposite of missionary priest or perhaps more of a traveling priest since they does not only held mass n the church but as well as outside reaching to the far flung barrios. so they get more acquainted with people culture and have more chance to preach and conduct conversion of pagan. though, their job is more dangerous as with diocesan clergy both have profess to serve God and the people. they differ n matter of convenience, though those with higher position enjoy his life whether diocesan or religious missionary.
28 Mar 12
Yes diocesan priests do get vacation and spend some of their free times with their loved ones because most of them render their services in their local communities. And as for the missionary or religious priests, it is their callings so they must be happy about it.