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The objectives of a clergy are what the priest intends to accomplish or achieve. An objective is an aim. It is a goal. Hence, when a priest shepherds the flock, the intention is to achieve something of greater importance. A priest therefore aims at upholding the teaching of the church and administering the sacraments.
The worsening political situation in our nation, the killings, violence in general, have broken many relationships. The harsh socio-economic conditions have added pain on open wounds resulting in further breaking of relationships and misunderstandings which are happening everywhere.
In addition, the relationship between God and humanity is continually being broken. Feelings of guilt, shame and sorrow are real in people's lives. The priest therefore is needed to reconcile the broken friendships, with God first, then with humanity.
Activities of the Clergy
To do pastoral work, a priest should mingle with people at every stage and crisis of their lives. Paul instructed Timothy that he is the instructor and teacher of the church. So the priest must oppose false teaching and uphold the catholic faith and build up the faithful in their knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.
The priest has disciplinary and administrative functions and must maintain the purity of the church. He administers the sacraments, namely: Baptism, Confirmation (done by the Bishop), Marriage, anointing of the sick, Holy Communion (which is the most important task), and confession.
The priest has to take morning and evening prayers, as well as administer counselling.
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