Priests at Work: Catholic Pastors Tell how They Apply Church Law in Difficult Cases

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401012267
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9
Introduction by Author, 2001 11
1. The State of the Question 13
2. What the Priests Were Asked 21
3. Preface to the Interviews 29
4. Fr. Wagstaff: Common Sense 32
5. Fr. Bowen: A Lawyer Objects 41
6. Fr. Larry & Fr. Bob, Friends and Soul Mates of the '60s 46
7. Fr. Gardiner: A Bow to the Majesty of the Law 56
8. Fr. Hawkins Spills His Guts 65
9. Fr. Isham: A Seasoned Perspective 71
10. Fr. Innsbrook: The Bottom Line 78
11. Fr. Logan, an Old Europe Hand 83
12. Fr. Mahony: Heading for Hard-Core Christianity 87
13. Fr. Morgan: Bishop Yes, Pope No 91
14. Fr. Pfleger, Rebel With Cause 99
15. Fr. Nolan: Permission No, Forgiveness Yes 105
16. Fr. McNamee: The Corporal Works 109
17. Fr. Sanders and Fr. Lewis, Feisty and Funny 111
18. Fr. Tate: Management by Meeting Needs 121
19. Fr. Thatcher: The College Experience 128
20. Fr. Burke and the Sermon on the Mount 135
21. Fr. Connole: No Manorarchist, He 141
22. Fr. Edgeworth: No Mincer of Words 147
23. Fr. Gaunt: The Joys of Counseling 150
24. Fr. Irwin: A Black-Community Experience 154
25. Fr. Cudmore, Radical with Jesus 157
26. Fr. Eaton: Two Laws, Canon and Pastoral 161
27. Fr. O'Connell: A Pastor-Canonist Comments 165
28. Fr. Smith, a Reluctant Critic 169
29. Fr. Yates and Nell, a Pastor and His Client 174
30. Una and the Tribunal: One Woman's Experience 178
31. Bishop McManus: From Golden Pond 181
32. What Theologians Say 194
References 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Deceiving title... a disguntled look at the church

    The title deceived me. The origianl title for this book was, 'Bending the rules: what American Priests tell American Catholics.' It is a series of scandelous interviews with priests that don't follow Church teaching. I would not call these priests 'pastors'. A pastor (shephard) does not let the faithful (sheep) do as they please, but guides them so that they are not led astray into sin. Those interviewed allow people to sin, and say they are being pastoral. In difficult cases, their answer is to 'be nice.' Sad.

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