The present document on “The Ministerial Priesthood” is one of two documents produced by the Second General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in Rome from 30 September to 6 November 1971. In the course of their discussion the Synod Fathers praised priests worldwide for their dedication in their ministry to Word and Sacrament as well as their pastoral work in the apostolate. At the same time, attention was given to various difficulties experienced by priests in the ministry. The 1971 Synod is noted for its affirmation of the continuing discipline of priestly celibacy in the Latin Church.
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