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In January of 2020, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah co-authored a new book entitled, “From the Depths of Our Hearts”. Benedict XVI dared to say that the book was written due to “the lasting crisis that the priesthood has been going through for many years” — and he got a lot of flack for it. The book is about the nature of the Church and of Christian discipleship and — as I describe in this podcast, it’s about HEROIC PRIESTHOOD IN TODAY’S WORLD.

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Hear snippets from this book as I put them into the context of what a Good Shepherd is. This podcast will help you understand why Benedict XVI and Cardinal Sarah insist that celibacy is essential in the life and ministry of priests. This type of priesthood – the heroic priesthood – is necessary in today’s world, and anything less than that is an abomination of Holy Orders because it harms people’s salvation.

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If I don’t put my husband first, if I don’t put my marriage first, I lose graces from God and the marriage suffers and so does everything else that I do. In a similar way, the vocation to the priesthood requires putting that vocation first above all things. And that means the teachings about and the truths about what a priest really is.

Let’s take a look at what it means to be a good shepherd in imitation of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ….

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The article quoted in this podcast is found at The book “From the Depths of Our Hearts” immediately stirred opposition, which includes fake news. For the truth, see

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July 9, 2021 9:10 am

Great podcast! Full of clarity!