50 years have passed since the Second Vatican Council promulgated Presbyterorum ordinis, the decree on the ministry and life of priests. Could those pages help us find answers to many of the current questions? Could this anniversary be an opportunity to rediscover the prophetic dimension of this document which could reshape the image of priests against a background of an ecclesiology of communion? Three points, among others, emerge from this text: the identity of priests is essentially relational; their spirituality cannot be monastic, but must take their secular character into account i.e. the fact that they live in the midst of the world; and their way of life must bear witness to the evangelical radicalism of Jesus' message.
This issue of Being One examines the impact of the decree and its relevance to the Church and to ministry today.