“Just like John the Baptist, modern priests use contemporary language” – Bishop Grech

Gordon Barbara

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said that modern priests use contemporary language in spreading the Church’s teaching, which is in line with the Second Vatican Council, and similar to John the Baptist during his time.

Mgr Grech presided over mass which marked the liturgical feast of St John the Baptist at Xewkija during which the 25th anniversary of parish priest Rev. Daniel Xerri and Gozitan missionary Rev. Raymond Portelli were celebrated.

During his homily, Mgr Grech underlined that the role of the priest is to answer people’s concerns, highlighting the need to use language, which is intelligible and contemporary, warning that otherwise the Church would continue losing its relevance.

Speaking about Rev. Xerri and Rev. Portelli, the Bishop of Gozo described them as free and hardworking. He explained that both are committed in communicating with the faithful in a manner which is understood and relevant to modern times.

Mgr Grech also referred to times when priests find themselves in difficulty when living their priesthood, warning that priests should live in the present rather than opting to live in the past. The bishop of Gozo explained that this was possible when one believed in change, adding that while one may choose to rest on traditions, the reality of pastoral and spiritual challenges is something of the present which a priest must face nowadays. Speaking on such challenges, he said that similarly as a bishop he must face contemporary challenges.