July 16, 2012

In an effort to respond to a "clear and pressing" need for priests, the Vatican released a set of guidelines to help bishops and Church communities promote, recruit and educate a new generation of men for the priesthood.

The Church needs "suitable" candidates and must avoid men who "show signs of being profoundly fragile personalities," while helping others heal from any possible "individual deviations" from their vocations, the document said.

Titled Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry, the document was released June 25.