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Rethinking Celibacy, Reclaiming the Church [Paperback]

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592442765  
EAN  9781592442768  

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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 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 levelIntegrating 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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More About Michael H. Crosby

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MICHAEL CROSBY, O.F.M. CAP., lives in community with other friars in a downtown Milwaukee parish that serves the urban poor, homeless and marginalized. His ministry attempts to develop a spirituality of discipleship for U.S. and other First World Catholics, primarily through corporate reform and church reform. He gives retreats, workshops and parish missions and is author of seventeen books. Visit his Web site"

Michael H. Crosby currently resides in Milwaukee, in the state of Wisconsin. Michael H. Crosby was born in 1940.

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