International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunites

International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunites

by Dean Hoge, Aniedi Okure
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814618308

ISBN-13: 9780814618301

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Liturgical Press, The

"Sixteen percent of the priests serving in the United States since 1985 are foreign-born and the number is rising. But many Americans prefer not to have them in their churches, saying the language and cultural differences are too great, and the screening isn't sufficient. International Priests in America studies this phenomenon from the perspective of parishioners,…  See more details below

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"Sixteen percent of the priests serving in the United States since 1985 are foreign-born and the number is rising. But many Americans prefer not to have them in their churches, saying the language and cultural differences are too great, and the screening isn't sufficient. International Priests in America studies this phenomenon from the perspective of parishioners, lay ministers, diocesan leaders, and priests." "Foreign-born priests have always played a significant role in America. Only from 1940 to 1960 did the church produce enough native-born priests to serve its parishes. In the past, those priests usually came from Europe, most notably Ireland. In the future, most of the world will be served by priests from Asia, Africa, and Latin America." This book is guided by two questions: Should the Catholic Church in the United States bring in more international priests? If so, how should this be done?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814618301
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
233
Sales rank:
947,083
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1International priests in American history1
Ch. 2The new international priests after 198510
Ch. 3The global brain drain and distribution of priests24
Ch. 4The arguments for bringing in international priests36
Ch. 5The arguments against bringing in international priests50
Ch. 6Motivations for coming to America69
Ch. 7Voices of the international priests84
Ch. 8Issues of screening, selection, and training94
Ch. 9Orientation programs for international priests108
Ch. 10Conclusions and recommendations121
Commentary125
Commentary131
Commentary138
Commentary144

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