The book provides solid insight as well as poignant anecdotal snapshots of what it is really like to be a priest.
. . . a book anyone interested in the future of the church’s ministry must read.
New Theology Review
Here is a clear picture of U.S. priesthood with all its contrasts and challenges. Hoge and Wenger bring us the voices of the men themselves and spell out their often conflicting visions and aspirations. There are no bad guys and good guys here, just idealistic partisans of complementary hopes caught up in the turbulence of a changing Church. Buy it! Read it! You need to know the truth about the future of ordained ministry.
Rev. Paul J. Philibert, OP, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Church and Society, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
Evolving Visions of the Priesthood will put to rest the rumors and hunches circulating in Catholic circles about young priests. . . . Hoge and Wenger have provided the research many have been asking for, but without making judgments about the value of one approach to priesthood over another. A few of those giving reactions at the end of the study suggested both approaches were necessary in order to maintain a balanced understanding of priesthood. . . . The research and antidotes contained in this book do not provide an answer. They do give concrete information abut present attitudes among priests, both old and young, and identify where the differences and similarities lie. This is valuable data that should not be overlooked by anyone interested in the ongoing formation of priests, in working on parish staffs or ministering in Catholic parishes. Stay tuned, it could be an interesting future.
Tom Sweetser, SJ, Parish Evaluation Project, Milwaukee, Wi
Evolving Visions of the Priesthood is undoubtedly a significant book.
. . . provides updated information on changes in priests' attitudes toward ecclesiology, the needs of priests, and other important issues since the end of Vatican II in 1965.
Hoge and Wenger's first-rate research and reliable analysis create yet another enormous agenda for the Catholic Church in the United States. They make us aware not only of the conflicting views of various generations, but also of potential starting points for needed dialogue. Their book is essential reading for everyone involved in pastoral leadership and would be valuable for those with broad interest in the church's future and their role in it. . . . Evolving Visions of Priesthood offers an invitation to work toward overcoming separation wherever it exists and replacing it with true communion.