Sunday, February 19, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 203

203.  Seminarians should receive a more extensive interdisciplinary, and not merely doctrinal, formation in the areas of engagement and marriage.  Their training does not always allow them to explore their own psychological and affective background and experiences.  Some come from troubled families, with absent parents and a lack of emotional stability.  There is a need to ensure that the formation process can enable them to attain the maturity and psychological balance needed for their future ministry.  Family bonds are essential for reinforcing healthy self-esteem.  It is important for families to be part of the seminary process and priestly life, since they can help reaffirm these and to keep them well grounded in reality.  It is helpful for seminarians to combine time in the seminary with time spent in parishes.  There they can have greater contact with the concrete realities of family life, since in their future ministry they will largely be dealing with families.  "The presence of lay people, families and especially the presence of women in priestly formation, promotes an appreciation of the diversity of complementarity of the different vocations in the Church".234

234  Ibid.