Faith, Hope and Chastity: Honest Reflections from the Catholic Priesthood

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This is an exploration of the life and work of a selection of Catholic priests today. What are the struggles faced by priests, and how do they overcome them? How do they view their vocation in the modern world? The contributors speak openly and freely on issues of concern: celibacy and loneliness, homosexuality, social justice, spirituality, child abuse. Contributions include: Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Master of the Dominican Order, on the pain and loneliness of life as a monk; Cardinal Winning talks about his life and ministry, and reflects on the papacy of John Paul II; Fr Michael Seed on his extraordinary childhood and its effect on his work as a priest; Bishop Vincent Nichols on his upbringing in Liverpool and the ups and downs of a bishop's life; Fr Philip Inch, a young priest living alone in a new presbytery talks of celibacy and the need for relationships and Stuart Carney, a trainee Jesuit, tells of his decision to abandon a promising career in medicine.

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Carolyn Butler has been a BBC Producer. She is a member of the Council for Christians and Jews and worked until recently in the Catholic Media Office.

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What are the struggles faced by Catholic priests today, and how are these struggles overcome? In a series of interviews, Butler, a former BBC producer and a member of the Council of Catholics and Jews, explores in detail the lives of 17 priests. What makes this exploration particularly poignant is the wide spectrum of priests who speak and who do so freely and openly. The reader will find a frank discussion about the struggles of celibacy and personal dilemmas of conscience, sexuality, loneliness, and sense of calling; also revealed is the satisfaction that accompanies some of these struggles. Contributors include the Archbishop of Westminster, a bishop in North London, the Master of the Dominican Order, a Jesuit trainee, and a monk. Recommended for collections staying current on personal growth and religious discussion and for those libraries offering works responding to the spiritual dimension of today's populace.
-Leroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib. Syst., Lecanto, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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