Pope warns religious against ‘crisis of quality’ in consecrated life

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April 13, 2015

ycl-logo-270x200-montageVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite fewer vocations to consecrated life, those responsible for formation in religious institutes must know how to say no to unsuitable candidates, so as to avoid a “graver crisis of quality” down the road, said Pope Francis.

During an audience with about 1,300 novice directors and other formation ministers at the Vatican April 11, the pope said seeing consecrated people “in such great numbers” would give the impression “that there is no vocations crisis.”

“But in reality, there is an indubitable decrease in quantity, and this makes the work of formation — one that might truly form the heart of Jesus in the hearts of our young people — all the more urgent,” he said.

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