Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

March 25, 2013

A canon lawyer and theologian, Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, 68, saw greater priestly holiness and prayerful support as critical to vocations.

He has led the Congregation for Clergy since 2010.

Piacenza suggested a need for increased rigour in seminary admissions, calling for reinforcement of an “authentic profile of priestly identity.”

He rejected what he said was a widespread misunderstanding that a vocation to the priesthood is a subjective choice, rather than a “person’s response to an objective call from God, mediated by the Church.”