The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul

The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul

by Donald B. Cozzens
     
 

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Few today would contest that the priesthood is in a state of crisis. The nature and implications of that crisis, however, remain the subject of considerable discussion and debate. In The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Fr. Donald Cozzens offers insight into the crisis by reflecting on the issues, challenges, concerns, and realities of the priesthood today.

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Few today would contest that the priesthood is in a state of crisis. The nature and implications of that crisis, however, remain the subject of considerable discussion and debate. In The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Fr. Donald Cozzens offers insight into the crisis by reflecting on the issues, challenges, concerns, and realities of the priesthood today.

The same year that Pope John XXIII surprised the Catholic world with his call for an ecumenical council, Cozzens began his formal study of theology. As a seminarian he felt the shaking of the priesthood�s foundations. The very face of the priesthood was evolving even as he arrived at his first parish assignment. A generation later, the face of the priesthood continues to reveal new contours, fascinating features, and sadly, some tragic blemishes.

In The Changing Face of the Priesthood, Cozzens takes a long, honest look at the present state of the priesthood. He provides this examination not merely from an empirical, scientific perspective but also from a personal, pastoral perspective. Drawing on clinical data, church documents, and his nearly forty years of pastoral experience, Cozzens gives shape and form to the changing face of the priesthood. Through his reflections he leads readers to both concern and hope for the priesthood of the twenty-first century.

Chapters are �Discovering an Identity,� �Guarding One�s Integrity,� �Loving as a Celibate,� �Facing the Unconscious,� �Becoming a Man,� �Tending the Word,� �Considering Orientation,� �Betraying Our Young,� and �The Changing Face of the Priesthood.�

About the Author: Reverend Donald Cozzens is currently a resident scholar at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John�s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He will be joining the religious studies department at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, in the fall of 2002. He is editor of the best-selling and award-winning book The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest, also published by The Liturgical Press.

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Editorial Reviews

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With boldness and wisdom, with enormous sensitivity and unflinching honesty, Fr. Donald Cozzens skillfully analyzes the issues and challenges that throw both shadow and light upon today's Roman Catholic priesthood. An enlightened study that draws on empirical data as well as pastoral experience. Should be a must read for all bishops, priests, seminarians.
William H. Shannon, Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies, Nazareth College of Rochester

. . . speaks with deep reverence and raw honesty about issues, challenges, concerns and realities impacting on priests and the Church in today's world. . . . The reading and discussion of this work by priests and parishioners alike will provide insight, argumentation, challenge and hope. The author demonstrates great courage in facing the agonies and ecstasies of the priesthood today.
Bishop Robert Morneau

It is full of wisdom and insights, success and failure, hope buttressed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

This is the most honest assessment of the American priesthood I have read in years. I found myself continuously underlining passages, and putting 'yes!' in the margins.
Paul Wilkes, Author of The Good Enough Catholic: A Guide for the Perplexed and In Mysterious Ways: The Death and Life of a Parish Priest

. . . what Father Cozzens . . . has embarked upon is as comprehensive and honest an examination of conscience of the American priesthood as we have seen.
America

Drawing from years of experience and study, Fr. Don Cozzens artistically paints the very soul of the priesthood. The result is a masterpiece which captures its triumphs and tribulations, hopes and doubts, loves and disillusions, and the mysterious powers that sustain it. The Changing Face of the Priesthood could not be more timely as we enter the new millennium in hopes of a renewed priesthood.
Rev. Eugene F. Hemrick, Syndicated Columnist, Catholic News Service, Research Associate, The Catholic University of America, Research Director, The Washington Theological Union

This is the most important book on the priesthood I have read for many years. It is a breath of fresh air in that it is authentic, helpful, and open.
Dean R. Hoge, Life Cycle Institute, The Catholic University of America

It is Cozzens' love for the priesthood that motivates the book. He speaks warmly of the majority of priests in whom he finds great hope.
National Catholic Reporter

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814627549
Publisher:
Glazier, Michael, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(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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