Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest

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Behind the drop in seminarians and the declining numbers of priests, behind the sexual misconduct scandals shaking the confidence and trust once readily given to priests, a spiritual deepening and maturing is quietly renewing the spirit and confidence of the diocesan priest. In this collection, twelve priests and bishops reflect on the spirituality of the diocesan priest from their personal and pastoral experience.

Have diocesan priests finally transcended the monastic and ...

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Overview

Behind the drop in seminarians and the declining numbers of priests, behind the sexual misconduct scandals shaking the confidence and trust once readily given to priests, a spiritual deepening and maturing is quietly renewing the spirit and confidence of the diocesan priest. In this collection, twelve priests and bishops reflect on the spirituality of the diocesan priest from their personal and pastoral experience.

Have diocesan priests finally transcended the monastic and religious order spiritualities that have shaped their prayer and interior lives for centuries? Is a spirituality proper to the diocesan priest emerging precisely at a time when the priesthood is under such close scrutiny? The contributors - pastors, theologians, poets, and bishops - grapple with the maturing of the diocesan priest's soul.

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Editorial Reviews

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This is an important book for priests who are serious about personal growth.
Priest

. . . a balanced, humane, and inspiring collection of perspectives from a rich variety of qualified sources.
Emmanuel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814624210
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Cozzens--priest, writer, and lecturer--teaches in the religious studies department at John Carroll University. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Servant of the Servants of God: A Pastor's Spirituality 1
2 Using the Wrong Measure? 20
3 Ruminations of a Canonist 27
4 Tenders of the Word 42
5 Paul of Tarsus: A Model for Diocesan Priesthood 59
6 Personal Symbol of Communion 73
7 Priestly Spirituality: "Speaking Out for the Inside" 85
8 A Glorious and Transcendent Place 104
9 Heralds of the Gospel and Experts in Humanity 121
10 A Kindled Heart 143
11 The Conciliar Documents and the 1983 Code 156
12 Confessions of a Pilgrim Pastor 173
Afterword 184
Contributors 191
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