Christ and the Catholic Priesthood

Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity


Author: Matthew Levering

Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications

ISBN: 9781595250292

Category: Religion

Page: 340

View: 1587

Spiritual Theology of the Priesthood

The Mystery Of Christ And The Mission Of The Priesthood


Author: Dermot A. Power

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567085955

Category: Religion

Page: 470

View: 7378

Hans Urs von Balthasar's writings have pastoral implications that even now are barely recognised and hardly developed. Here a pastorally experienced theologian, who knew von Balthasar personally, unfolds this pastoral dimension for the first time. Integrating Christology and Ecclesiology with the profound spirituality that for von Balthasar is inseparable from authentic theology, Fr Power demonstrates the paradoxical grandeur and weakness of the Catholic priesthood. He highlights the roles of the Catholic priest as servant, bridegroom, shepherd, victim, teacher, prophet, celebrant and minister of reconciliation. At a time when many priests feel their identity called into question, this book offers new hope for the renewal of the priesthood in the Catholic Church.

The Theology of Priesthood


Author: Donald Goergen,Ann Garrido,Benedict M. Ashley

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814650844

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 6392

By engaging in conversation with those whose experience, perspectives, and theological traditions vary from their own, the contributors to The Theology of Priesthood explore in detail the fundamental questions being asked about the ordained priesthood today. Priests, deacons, and students of theology will find these articles an engaging means to understanding Church, ministry, and priesthood more deeply. The Theology of Priesthood includes ten essays that explore facets of ordained ministry and the ministerial priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, begins with an overview of issues involved in the contemporary discussion on priesthood within the Roman Catholic tradition. Frank Quinn, OP, addresses the significance of language as it pertains to priesthood and ministry and how language is manifested in rites of ordination. Thomas O'Meara, OP, situates the discussion on priesthood within the context of an expansion of ministry in the Church since Vatican II and the implications of this expansion for ministry in the future. Stephen DeLeers articulates a theology of priesthood grounded in Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents which focuses on the primacy of preaching. Thomas Rausch, SJ, then takes up the issue of diversity within ministerial priesthood as he reflects on priesthood within the context of apostolic religious life. Jack Risley, OP, returns to the question of the relationship between ordained ministry and lay ministry. The final three articles reflect on ordained ministry from distinctive perspectives. Benedict Ashley, OP, takes the Letter to the Hebrews as his starting point. Paul Wesche looks at priesthood through the lens of an Eastern Orthodox priest. Donald Goergen, OP, asks what insights African theology, specifically African Christology, might offer a contemporary Catholic theology of priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, provides a concluding reflection. Donald J. Goergen, OP, is a preacher, teacher, lecturer, author, and theologian who taught systematic theology for many years. He was also previously the provincial for the Dominican friars of the Central Province. He is the editor of A Theology of Jesus series, and Being a Priest Today published by Liturgical Press.

African Catholic Priests

Confronting an Identity Problem


Author: Jordan Nyenyembe

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9956578339

Category: Religion

Page: 165

View: 9276

This is a timely book on the contemporary African priesthood. Just as in other parts of the globe, the African priesthood currently faces a serious crisis of identity. The unfolding crisis puts stress on the clerics and augments the tension with lay people. The model of the Church-as-Family of God opted for by the Church in Africa is a new milestone that puts pressure on Catholic priests to define their role in the new context. The identity and image of priests need to be specified as lay ministries render the Church active from the grassroots. Reflection about the ministry of the clergy in Africa is urgent, and indeed it is an important aspect of enculturation. Nyenyembe demonstrates an admirable capacity to situate his rich theological reflections in an African context.

A Celebration of Priestly Ministry

Challenge, Renewal, and Joy in the Catholic Priesthood


Author: Walter Cardinal Kasper

Publisher: Crossroad Pub Co


Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 8274

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his own ordination as priest, one of the world's best-known cardinals reflects on the past and future challenges of the priesthood. Topics includeL servanthood, discipleship, priestly life, personal friendships.

The Roman Catholic Church

Its Origins and Nature


Author: John F. O'Grady

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809137404

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 1411

Writing from a historical perspective the author presents a comprehensive overview of the nature of the Church, with an emphasis on the apostolic marks that define her.

The Priestly Office

A Theological Reflection


Author: Avery Dulles,Avery Robert Dulles

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809137169

Category: Religion

Page: 81

View: 306

This is a defense of the traditional form of the priesthood--male celibates. The book looks at the current literature, taking a conservative view and holding the belief that Vatican II had a deleterious influence on the priesthood. Avery Dulles, a man of towering reputation, writes with impeccable scholarship.

On the Priesthood

Classic and Contemporary Texts


Author: Matthew Levering

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742514959

Category: Religion

Page: 149

View: 5650

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.

The Catholic Priesthood

Recapturing the Fading Glory


Author: Rev. Fr. Anthony O. Ezeoke

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475939088

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 104

View: 1693

In recent years, the Catholic Church has suffered a deluge of accusations, bad press, and tragedies. Now is the time for the priesthood to recapture the faithfulness which led them to their calling, and to inspire their laity as never before. A timely, urgent handbook for Catholics of every nation, Th e Catholic Priesthood offers a wake-up call not only to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, but to all Christians everywhere. Rev. Fr. Anthony O. Ezeokes firm grasp of Catholic teaching, the Churchs history, and the priesthood vocation off er an enlightening criticism of how the Church needs to return to the fundamental teachings of its beginning. Through short, easy-to-digest chapters, Rev. Father Ezeoke reviews the role of priests in the Old and New Testaments, Jesus as the High Priest, and the apostles calling to continue Jesuss ministry. He addresses specific questions related to some of the issues currently plaguing the Church today and offers hope and inspiration for change. Above all, he issues an encouraging plea for every member of the Catholic Church to reawaken the Gospel within their hearts. The Catholic Priesthood is the first step toward reviving hope within the Catholic Church and her flock.

Teaching and Learning the Love of God

Being a Priest Today


Author: Joseph Ratzinger

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1621641678

Category: Religion

Page: 392

View: 658

This inspiring collection of homilies delivered by Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) over six decades offers deep theological and historical insights on the meaning of the life and the witness of a Catholic priest. When Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year for Priests in 2009, he did so in conjunction with celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests. Benedict's purpose for that special year is the same purpose of this book of homilies—to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today's world. As St. John Vianney would often say, "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus." This touching expression makes us reflect on the immense gift that priests represent, not only for the Church but for all mankind. Contemporary men and women need priests to be distinguished by their determined witness to Christ. These homilies are meant to illuminate and to inspire priests to renew their commitment to "teaching and learning the love of God". The homilies cover a wide variety of important topics on the priesthood, all deeply rooted in Scripture, including acting in persona Christi, becoming an offering with Christ for the salvation of mankind, being there for God's mercy, and witnessing Christian joy.

A Divine Invitation to Create a New World


Author: Reynaldo Pareja

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453566457

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 471

View: 2115

Television, radio, newspapers or the internet show a daily dismal world scenario. Every week, every month there is a major civil conflict or a terrorist attack somewhere. All over the world innocent are imprisoned, women are victims of domestic violence, are forced into underpaid labor or sex work. Children are still dying by the millions before they are five years old due to unsanitary conditions, lack of safe drinking water or malnourishment. Malaria and HIV-AIDS kill millions yearly and thousands of adolescents are kidnapped to become rebel soldiers. Autocratic governments deny democratic participation to the majority and suppress ferociously any popular peaceful manifestation. The worlds climate is now threatened due to man-made disequilibrium inflicted on the atmosphere by uncontrolled fumes and gas emissions of all types. Water sources are being poisoned by unscrupulous corporations dumping huge amounts of deadly chemicals into waterways. The inequality between rich and poor nations is so vast that 7 - 10% of the worlds population controls the natural and financial resources of the world at the expense of the rest who have no access to a minimum for survival. The reasons for this hellish situation are multiple and varied. They encompass deeply ingrained religious beliefs, unacceptable economic, military and power disparities, and uncontrolled moral degradation affecting all realms of everyday life. These problems have profound spiritual causes and thus require a spiritual perspective. Discover the origin of the new Divine Invitation and the specific solutions it offers for todays major world problems.

Exploring Scriptural Sources


Author: Aaron Milavec

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781556127069

Category: Religion

Page: 202

View: 3339

Exploring Scriptural Sources is an innovative, ecumenical textbook enabling students to explore key aspects of the early Christianity using primary texts. The interactive aspect of the case study methodology (problem-based learning) is engaging even for bored college students and enables persons with no background in textual criticism to learn it rudiments effortlessly. This textbook is a natural choice for introductory New Testament courses. The author has prepared a teacher's manual and interactive software versions of his Case Studies that can be accessed at




Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496902386

Category: Religion

Page: 198

View: 9687

1. the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the development of the Eucharistic adoration in the Catholic Church are explored to harvest the rich insights and contributions of the saints, sacred theologians of the Church, the Popes and a host of others including the laity ad the clergy through their sacred writings and exemplary pious devotions to the Blessed Sacrament. 2. the Holy Eucharist is God in our midst. This book relates a number of miracles that individuals have received directly from the Eucharistic Lord by visiting the Blessed Sacrament or by participating in the Eucharistic adoration. 3. the Holy Eucharist is a healing tool par excellence in the ministry of a Catholic priest. How the priest can deploy its healing resources in his daily ministrations to those who approach him with all kinds of problems, is fully explored in this book. the implications of what it means for the priest to engage himself and God's people with visit to the Blessed Sacrament are fully developed in this publication. 4. How can a Catholic priest access the healing resources in the Holy Eucharist and employ those healing resources in the healing of those who approach him with all kinds of life issues and problems which could be spiritual, moral, social, physical, material, mental, psychological, etc? That is part of what this book is all about. What constitute the abuses of the Holy Eucharist? Could we still receive favors from the Eucharistic Jesus when we knowingly abuse the Holy Eucharist? In what ways do we abuse the Holy Eucharist thereby insulting the Eucharistic Jesus without knowing? These issues are dealt with in this book where the author identified and discussed some of the abuses of the Holy Eucharist. This book, therefore, is about how to visit the Blessed Sacrament and receive favors from the Eucharistic Lord and how to avoid abusing the Holy Eucharist. 5. the Real Presence: Fact or Fancy--What Lies Concealed in the Sacred Host? Some classical Eucharistic miracles which took place through the centuries especially in the 20th, 13th and 9th centuries are narrated in this book to help unravel the hidden divinity in the Sacred Host after consecration.

Saint and Singer

Edward Taylor's Typology and the Poetics of Meditation


Author: Karen E. Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521308656

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 341

View: 7241

This book focuses on the works of America's premier colonial poet, Edward Taylor (1642-1729). This study analyses typology in Taylor's Christographia and Treatise Concerning the Lord's Supper and examining Taylor's adaptations of figural analogies to suit his personal spiritual needs, Professor Rowe advances a theory which unites Taylor's exegetical discipline as a preacher with his creativity as a poet. This is the first work to draw on the collection of unpublished sermons, discovered in 1977, Upon the Types of the Old Testament. Professor Rowe links Taylor's sermons with corresponding poetic meditations, thus providing insights into typological theories, groupings and analogies. In her conclusion, the author sees Taylor as neither metaphysical or baroque, nor a historian in the typological school, but rather as the quintessential Puritan preacher and poet, a contemplative lyricist and devotional typologist in the tradition of Herbert, Milton and Bunyan.

A History of Women and Ordination

The Priestly Office of Women: God's Gift to a Renewed Church


Author: Ida Raming

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810848504

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 1182

The Priestly Office of Women: God's gift to a Renewed Church is the English translation of the second edition of Dr. Ida Raming's classic study of the exclusion of women from ordination in the Western Christian Church, The Exclusion of Women from the Priesthood: Divine Law or Sex Discrimination? (SCP, 1976). This new edition includes a bibliography on women's ordination from 1973 to the present plus three recent essays by Dr. Raming and a complete translation of the Latin sources cited by Dr. Raming.

The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology


Author: Hans Boersma,Matthew Levering

Publisher: Oxford Handbooks

ISBN: 0199659060

Category: Religion

Page: 716

View: 6145

"As a multi-faceted introduction to sacramental theology, the purposes of this Handbook are threefold: historical, ecumenical, and missional. The forty-four chapters are organized into the following parts five parts: Sacramental Roots in Scripture, Patristic Sacramental Theology, Medieval Sacramental Theology, From the Reformation through Today, and Philosophical and Theological Issues in Sacramental Doctrine. Contributors to this Handbook explain the diverse ways that believers have construed the sacraments, both in inspired Scripture and in the history of the Church's practice. In Scripture and the early Church, Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics all find evidence that the first Christian communities celebrated and taught about the sacraments in a manner that Orthodox, Protestants, and Catholics today affirm as the foundation of their own faith and practice. Thus, for those who want to understand what has been taught about the sacraments in Scripture and across the generations by the major thinkers of the various Christian traditions, this Handbook provides an introduction. As the divisions in Christian sacramental understanding and practice are certainly evident in this Handbook, it is not thereby without ecumenical and missional value. This book evidences that the story of the Christian sacraments is, despite divisions in interpretation and practice, one of tremendous hope"--Publisher.

When Women Become Priests

The Catholic Women's Ordination Debate


Author: Kelley A. Raab

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231506137

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 2294

In an analysis that deftly unites feminist criticism, psychoanalysis, and Catholic theology, Kelley Raab explores the symbolic implications of women at the altar, providing rich insight into issues of gender, symbolism, and power.