On the Priesthood: Classic and Contemporary Texts

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Matthew Levering
Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - 149 páginas
Controversy about the Catholic priesthood is nothing new. Just like laity, priests (including bishops and popes) have always been sinners. Some priests, like some laity, have caused grave scandal throughout the 2000-year history of the Church. Two questions arise from this reality. Why did Jesus Christ establish a ministerial priesthood for his Church, if the priesthood would sometimes cause scandal--what did he intend for the priesthood? Second, what has the Catholic Church in past times done about scandal in the priesthood--how has the Church corrected its priests and encouraged priests to lead lives of holiness? Amidst the noisy din of talking heads and self-proclaimed experts, this book offers solid warnings and directions about the priesthood from 15 saints of the past two millennia. On the Priesthood serves as a readable guide for priests, seminarians, and educated readers seeking to learn more about the simultaneous unworthiness and dignity of the priesthood. Always challenging and penetrating, the selections unite around one key point; the need for holiness.
 

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St Clement of Rome
1
St Ignatius of Antioch
11
St Polycarp of Smyrna
19
St John Chrysostom
27
St Ambrose
35
St Gregory the Great
43
St Bernard of Clairvaux
51
St Thomas Aquinas
59
St Thomas More
85
St Jane de Chantal
91
JeanJacques Olier
97
John Henry Newman
103
The Second Vatican Council
117
Pope John Paul II
133
Index
145
About the Editor

St Catherine of Siena
71

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\Matthew Levering is assistant professor of theology at Ave Maria College. This is his fifth book.

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