Rethinking Celibacy, Reclaiming the Church

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In this courageous work Michael Crosby offers a trenchant analysis of mandatory celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church. He shows how the imposition of celibacy has now revealed a deeper issue: the abuse of power as well as the abuse of women and homosexuals in the Church. Crosby asserts that:—to argue that the present discipline of mandatory celibacy is based on the New Testament is a misuse of scripture;—imposed celibacy continues to be used as a means of maintaining clerical control through fear and ...

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Overview

In this courageous work Michael Crosby offers a trenchant analysis of mandatory celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church. He shows how the imposition of celibacy has now revealed a deeper issue: the abuse of power as well as the abuse of women and homosexuals in the Church. Crosby asserts that:—to argue that the present discipline of mandatory celibacy is based on the New Testament is a misuse of scripture;—imposed celibacy continues to be used as a means of maintaining clerical control through fear and intimidation;—a religious system demanding celibacy exposes a deeper control: the abuse of power endemic throughout the system;—while difficult to live out even when freely chosen, enforced celibacy can result in dysfunctional behaviors at all levels.Integrating his personal experience as a celibate and cleric with biblical exegesis, historical study and the behavioral sciences, Crosby believes that:—healthy celibacy demands intimacy with God and others;—a healthy church will reorder its current power dynamics in a way that mitigates sexual abuse; —this will once again reveal Roman Catholicism to be a religion with an inspiring model of evangelical life and witness.This updated revision of Crosby's award-winning 'Celibacy: Means of Control or Mandate of the Heart?' also addresses the abuse of power in the Catholic Church by those male, clerical celibates who control it. He convincingly points the way to a Church that will be—with all its ministers—healthier and holier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592442768
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 226

Meet the Author

Michael Crosby belongs to the Midwest Province of the Capuchin Franciscans. He lives in a Capuchin Community in downtown Milwaukee. His recent books on the gospels of Matthew and John have received awards from the Catholic Press Association. He has a Masters in Economics as well as a Doctorate and Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

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