Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Education, Humanities, Health and Agriculture, ICEHHA 2023, 15-16 December 2023, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia

Research Article

Examining the Role of Politics in the Ministerial Duties of Catholic Priests

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.15-12-2023.2345648,
        author={Yohanes S.  Lon},
        title={Examining the Role of Politics in the Ministerial Duties of Catholic Priests},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Education, Humanities, Health and Agriculture, ICEHHA 2023, 15-16 December 2023, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICEHHA},
        year={2024},
        month={5},
        keywords={priest politics justice catholic church},
        doi={10.4108/eai.15-12-2023.2345648}
    }
    
  • Yohanes S. Lon
    Year: 2024
    Examining the Role of Politics in the Ministerial Duties of Catholic Priests
    ICEHHA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.15-12-2023.2345648
Yohanes S. Lon1,*
  • 1: Program Studi Pendidikan Teologi, Universitas Katolik Indonesia Santu Paulus, Ruteng, Indonesia
*Contact email: yohservatiusboylon@gmail.com

Abstract

The priests' pastoral dedication towards their flock's spiritual well-being motivates them to participate in all facets of their congregation's life struggles, including the political sphere. This involvement in politics serves as both an affirmation and an embodiment of their inherent rights. However, it is essential to remember that a priest is primarily a shepherd, symbolizing unity rather than a politician. This paper employs a literature-based approach to investigate how much a priest can exercise his political rights. The study delineates several fundamental principles: firstly, the participation should be driven by the desire to advocate for justice and to foster public welfare. It is not a means to attain power. Secondly, a priest must remain steadfast in upholding moral principles and the tenets of the Catholic faith. Thirdly, the involvement should transcend practical politics and instead focus on ethical political conduct. Fourthly, a priest must staunchly defend human rights and consistently offer moral judgments on various aspects of political governance, especially concerning human rights or the salvation of souls. In conclusion, this study posits that politics is highly susceptible to conflict and hostility. Therefore, priests must embody their role as shepherds and symbols of unity to uphold justice, empower the disadvantaged, balance rights and obligations, and uphold human dignity.