Priests are called to be servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent.
The perceptions of others need to be considered at all times, taking particular care to assess the extent to which others may experience or perceive behaviour to be inappropriate.
At times it may be appropriate to advise a third party in advance of any appointments which have been made.
“God calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood, a holy nation, to declare the wonderful deeds of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.” “The Church is the Body of Christ, the people of God and the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit.
In baptism the whole Church is summoned to witness to God’s love and to work for the coming of his kingdom.” “To serve this royal priesthood, God has given particular ministries.” “Deacons are ordained so the people of God may be better equipped to make Christ known. Christ is the pattern of their calling and their commission.” “Priests are ordained to lead God’s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel.
The clergy should be aware of the dangers of dependency in pastoral relationships.