THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
CALLED TO BE SERVANTS
Pope Francis wants priests to be simple, humble servants.
Indeed that is what they are supposed to be, just as all of
us laypeople who serve the Lord. For us in CFC-FFL, we in
fact enshrined Servant Leadership as a basic Core Value.
There is always the danger, even in Church work, that those
appointed as leaders will look to title, position, power,
privilege, etc. Once that happens, things go wrong. They become
protective of turf, they get hurt when they are not acknowledged,
they become proud, they impress people with their position
and authority, they lord it over their subordinates, they
insist on their own importance, and so on.
One reason I like LCSC is because there is no structure, no
hierarchy, no elders, no titles (except for a few due to practical
purposes), no turf, no infighting. Brethren just do work,
anonymously, without recognition or commendation. How I wish
all our seniors were just humble servant leaders.
Titles of course can be necessary, just to identify one’s
function or responsibilities. But what is not needed is any
kind of honorific. That is also why, even in giving titles
to our pastoral leaders, we changed the title “head”
to “servant” (as in Chapter Servant rather than
But whatever the title, at the end of the day it is about
one’s heart. One is a leader but one is a servant, according
to the heart of Jesus who emptied himself and took the form
of a slave, not grasping at the reality that he was God.
Pope Strikes 'Monsignor' Honorific for Priests
Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 12:32 PM
Pope Francis has done away with the honorific title "monsignor"
for all but a few priests, further evidence of his desire
for priests to be simple, humble servants.
Vatican's Secretary of State sent a letter to its embassies
asking them to inform bishops' conferences of the change.
From now on, the Vatican reported Tuesday, only diocesan priests
who are "chaplains of the Holy Father," can use
the honorific, and then only after they turn 65.
vicars, and archbishops still get to be called "monsignor"
and Holy See officials will have the title if their office
Vatican noted that Pope Paul VI reduced the number of ecclesiastic
honorifics in 1968 and that Francis' decision "should
be taken in this vein, as a further simplification."