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Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church [Paperback]

By Donald Cozzens (Author)
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Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814627315  
EAN  9780814627310  

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Many individuals take risks in life such as mountain climbers, magicians, farmers, and gamblers. But do we ever include preachers in that category? Preachers have opportunities to be some of the greatest risk takers. In Preacher as Risk Taker, Richard Hart, O.F.M. Cap., challenges preachers to be on the cutting edge by taking risks resulting in better preaching. How many preachers are willing to submit their homilies to an editor or have their homilies taped? Are poetic preachers ready to preach in a changing Church? How often do preachers discuss social sin, the environment, ageing, the reign of God, or Paul's epistles? Do today's preachers realize how important it is to preach through healing or Jesus as a wisdom figure? Finally, do preachers know the true difference between a eulogy and a homily? Hart offers insight to each of these questions for preachers interested in improving their homilies. Preachers might not be asked to scale a mountain or act as a magician. But preachers are asked to take similar risks when preaching on challenging topics. In Preacher as Risk Taker, Father Hart provides answers for those interested in becoming spirited preachers.

Publishers Description
Sacred Silence is a book about failed leadership in the Catholic Church. Donald Cozzens looks at various challenges and the scandal gripping the Church and offers a historical overview of our church leadership. He explains how the misplaced loyalties of those in leadership positions created the current crisis. Cozzens clarifies why bishops and Church authorities think the way they do and why the ecclesiastical system might be the real villain in the abuse scandal. With compassion and understanding Cozzens answers the why of the present and past leadership failures and proposes a new direction.

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More About Donald Cozzens

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald Cozzens, a priest and writer, is the author of two award-winning titles, "Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church" and" The Changing Face of the Priesthood," and is editor of "The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest." He is the former editor of St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in the archdiocese of Cleveland, and currently writer in residence at John Carroll University where he teaches in the religious studies department. Fr. Cozzens has appeared on Meet the Press and has been interviewed on Fresh Air, All Things Considered, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC radio and television, CNN, and the major television networks.

Donald Cozzens currently resides in Cleveland.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
almost unique--sadly enough  Oct 27, 2005
Cozzens' book is particularly important because it uncovers the extent to which clerical culture in the Catholic Church is engaged in systematic denial of its weaknesses, and almost unique because Cozzens himself is a cleric and a former rector of a seminary, so he knows whereof he speaks. And, I imagine, is paying a certain price for his willingness to bring a few skeletons out of the closet. His approach is pragmatic, not ideological, and he can be accused neither of being a disaffected liberal nor a disgruntled ex-priest. Pay attention to what he says!
Disappointment  Dec 11, 2003
Despite its promising title, this book is a bust. It has no real unity. It is poorly written, and poorly organized. And the ideas are just so-so. I got it on sale and was sorry, even so, to have spent the money. Update: 12/14/05--Lakeland's positive review is obviously a mistake, since it is about another book (by Cuzzins).

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