Priests?What Lies Ahead?

Priests?What Lies Ahead?

by Carlos Granados


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This book offers in-depth interviews of four prominent priests and Church leaders on the meaning and vocation of the Catholic priesthood today. The changes that our society and the Church are going through in the modern world present an opportunity for a new, broader productivity and impact of the priest.

Those interviewed show that today’s priest will be able to achieve that impact by focusing on what he is called to be: teacher, father, physician and shepherd. These are four images of the One Priest, who is the true Teacher, Father, Physician and Shepherd: Christ the Lord. In order to better understand these images of the priesthood, four priests – Archbishop Charles Chaput, Fr. Luis Ladaria, Cardinal George Pell, and Fr. Livio Melina – present their personal insights on the meaning and future of the priestly vocation.

They present these insights with the authority, the experience, and the gravity of their own priesthood on what makes a priest’s life productive and spiritually fruitful. Within the framework of an extended conversation with another priest, Fr. Carlos Granados, they present to us a vivid, straightforward testimony, while raising and answering the major questions about the priesthood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621641964
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Fr. Carlos Granados is the General Director of the Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos (Library of Christian Authors). He holds a Ph.D in Sacred Scripture.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Foreword Gerhard Cardinal Müller 13

I The Priest as Teacher of a Doctrine of Life (Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, S.J.) 17

1 A singular parish 17

2 How does the gospel yield fruit? 20

3 What is the glory of God? 26

4 How can we participate in the being and work of Jesus? 34

5 When does Christ's Cross lose its relevance? 41

6 Is theology pastoral? 46

II The Priest as Father Who Propagates through the Sacraments (George Cardinal Pell) 51

1 A thread running through his own life: A call to be Pontifex, Bridge Builder 51

2 In what way is the priest a father? 56

3 Is the priest a man for others? 65

4 Is sacramentality a kind of sacramentalism? 70

5 What purpose do creative minorities serve? 74

6 How can the priest be a companion on the path opened by the sacraments? 78

7 Are there today a neo-gnosticism and a neo-Pelagianism? 85

III The Priest as Physician and Healer of Wounds (Monsignor Livio Melina) 91

1 The vocation: Discovering a great life 91

2 What light can we offer the priest in the "liquid" society? 100

3 What is happiness? A beautiful ideal? 104

4 Do the sacraments transform our being, energize our freedom? 111

5 Why is the dedication of the Good Samaritan the path to follow? 118

6 What is discernment? 125

7 Priests for the family 130

8 Is Humanae vitae still relevant? 133

9 How is the family a part of all pastoral work? 139

10 What path should be offered to divorced persons in a new union? 141

11 Is the truth of love useful? 150

12 Is there a forever in the priesthood? 156

IV The Priest as Pastor and Guide in the Church and in Society (Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.) 163

1 The story of a vocation 163

2 Why the pastor? 165

3 What is the education of a priest? 168

4 What is the illuminating word? 171

5 Does the priest engender society? 172

6 Does celibacy make the priest great? 175

7 What can we hope for from a priest? 180

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