Zenit.org reports the Holy Father's sermon yesterday for the inauguration of the Year for Priests.
The theme for the priestly year is "Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests."
The greatest suffering of the Church is the sin of its priests
The Church needs holy priests, ministers to help the faithful experience the merciful love of the Lord and to be convinced witnesses."
How can one forget that nothing makes the Church -- the Body of Christ -- suffer more than the sins of its pastors, above all those that are 'wolves in sheep's clothing,' whether because they lead [the faithful] away with their private doctrine, or because they bind [the faithful] down with the ties of sin and death..
....The call to conversion and to take recourse to Divine Mercy also applies to us, dear priests...
... We should also appeal, humbly and incessantly, to the heart of Jesus so that he preserves us from the terrible risk of damaging those whom we should save.
...Our mission is indispensible for the Church and for the world, which demands complete fidelity to Christ and an incessant union with him; that is to say, it demands that we constantly seek the holiness of St. John Mary Vianney.