By: James BittnerThe idea of becoming a priest is not all that new to the modern era.
In the 19th century, the term was used to describe someone who had been trained as a priest, but was not ordained.
But in recent years, the word has been adopted by more secular practitioners to describe those who have chosen to be more closely aligned to the church, rather than an academic or professional position.
While some priests may not see it as a viable career option, the concept has been embraced by some of the most prominent Catholic thinkers, including St. John Paul II, who in 2012 called for a more “professional” priesthood, which he termed the “real priest” who has the responsibility to be a faithful steward of the church.
“The real priest” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez-Vazquez, of Argentina, is the first Latin American bishop to have become a priest.
His ordination, the first of its kind in the Catholic Church, comes as Argentina grapples with a decades-long economic crisis and its largest-ever debt crisis.
Sanchez-Vizquez became the first Argentinian bishop to become a full-time priest when he was named archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2014.
Since then, he has worked to reform Argentina’s criminal justice system and reduce the prison population by reducing overcrowding.
The Argentinian bishops’ conference also announced a new initiative in 2016 called “The Pope’s Priests,” which aims to help the country’s 1.3 million priests and seminarians transition from clerical to the “professional priest” role.
Francis has said that he has not yet decided if he will remain a priest and the pope has not said whether he will retire at the end of the year.
He has spoken of his desire to return to the life of a pastor, and said in 2016 that he wanted to return in “a few months.”
“It is not the same, but it is the same,” he said.
“You are able to live your life and love your people, but also serve the world.”