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The Theology of Priesthood [Paperback]

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Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2000
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814650848  
EAN  9780814650844  


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By engaging in conversation with those whose experience, perspectives, and theological traditions vary from their own, the contributors to The Theology of Priesthood explore in detail the fundamental questions being asked about the ordained priesthood today. Priests, deacons, and students of theology will find these articles an engaging means to understanding Church, ministry, and priesthood more deeply. The Theology of Priesthood includes ten essays that explore facets of ordained ministry and the ministerial priesthood. Paul Philibert, O.P., begins with an overview of issues involved in the contemporary discussion on priesthood within the Roman Catholic tradition. Frank Quinn, O.P., addresses the significance of language as it pertains to priesthood and ministry and how language is manifested in rites of ordination. Thomas O'Meara, O.P., situates the discussion on priesthood within the context of an expansion of ministry in the Church since Vatican II and the implications of this expansion for ministry in the future. Stephen DeLeers articulates a theology of priesthood grounded in Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents which focuses on the primacy of preaching. Thomas Rausch, S.J., then takes up the issue of diversity within ministerial priesthood as he reflects on priesthood within the context of apostolic religious life. Jack Risley, O.P., returns to the question of the relationship between ordained ministry and lay ministry. The final three articles reflect on ordained ministry from distinctive perspectives. Benedict Ashley, O.P., takes the Letter to the Hebrews as his starting point. Paul Wesche looks at priesthood through the lens of an Eastern Orthodox priest. Donald Goergen, O.P., asks what insights African theology, specifically African Christology, might offer a contemporary Catholic theology of priesthood. Paul Philibert, O.P., provides a concluding reflection.

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By engaging in conversation with those whose experience, perspectives, and theological traditions vary from their own, the contributors to "The Theology of Priesthood" explore in detail the fundamental questions being asked about the ordained priesthood today. Priests, deacons, and students of theology will find these articles an engaging means to understanding Church, ministry, and priesthood more deeply.

"The Theology of Priesthood" includes ten essays that explore facets of ordained ministry and the ministerial priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, begins with an overview of issues involved in the contemporary discussion on priesthood within the Roman Catholic tradition. Frank Quinn, OP, addresses the significance of language as it pertains to priesthood and ministry and how language is manifested in rites of ordination. Thomas O'Meara, OP, situates the discussion on priesthood within the context of an expansion of ministry in the Church since Vatican II and the implications of this expansion for ministry in the future.

Stephen DeLeers articulates a theology of priesthood grounded in Vatican II and post-Vatican II documents which focuses on the primacy of preaching. Thomas Rausch, SJ, then takes up the issue of diversity within ministerial priesthood as he reflects on priesthood within the context of apostolic religious life. Jack Risley, OP, returns to the question of the relationship between ordained ministry and lay ministry.

The final three articles reflect on ordained ministry from distinctive perspectives. Benedict Ashley, OP, takes the Letter to the Hebrews as his starting point. Paul Wesche looks at priesthood through the lens of an Eastern Orthodox priest. Donald Goergen, OP, asks what insights African theology, specifically African Christology, might offer a contemporary Catholic theology of priesthood. Paul Philibert, OP, provides a concluding reflection.

"Donald J. Goergen, OP, is a preacher, teacher, lecturer, author, and theologian who taught systematic theology for many years. He was also previously the provincial for the Dominican friars of the Central Province. He is the editor of "A Theology of Jesus" series, and "Being a Priest Today" published by Liturgical Press."

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Intriguing new examination of elements of Catholic Priesthood reflected by the prayers and thoughts of American Dominican Friars  Sep 6, 2007
This amazing reflection of the essence of Catholic Priesthood published seven years ago by the Catholic Liturgical Press and copyright by the Benedictine Order has much nourishment for us now as we contemplate the mystery and the phenomenom of our Church's sacerdotal ministry.

In order to focus our thoughts and prayers around the ministerial mystery according to the terms of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church: Second Edition in the article "The Sacrament of Holy Orders" we do well to contemplate this present book, which collects articles by six American Dominican friars, a Jesuit priest and others, the result of a two year seminar and dialogue on the priesthood sponsored by the Central Province of Dominican Friars, which focused upon historical, liturgical and theological elements of this ministry of God.

The Introduction and Conclusion of this excellent and elemental collection falls to Friar Philibert, who identifies the Catechetical definitions of the dialogue, and also names seven issues to be addressed pastorally:

1. The current ritual experience of the Church, including the alienation which comes from too few priests for too many families, and the legalistic obligation attend Mass, without attendant benefits of ministry and Church community.

2. Our failure to integrate liturgy with life, following the indications in Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium (34). As we see again in Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's Sacramento de La Caridad: Sacramentum Caritatis, the Mass and the Eucharist are far more than what we watch the priest do for an hour on Sundays; it is the offering of our whole life integrally.

3. The social status of the presbyter in the USA where an upwardly mobile and highly educated and powerful laity reduces the influence and voice of the individual priest, and the laity itself often condemns and dismisses priests as spiritual leaders.

4. Competing images of the Catholic priest in comparison with the pre-Vatican role as liturgical presider, now a coordinator of ministries.

5. New biblical foundations for defining the priesthood, the hierarchy and the sense of apostolic succession, with an interesting quotation from Cardinal Avery Dulles's 1997 book The Priestly Office: A Theological Reflection.

6. Considerations of the impact of Feminism on the priesthood and broader ministry.

7. Signs of dysfunction, including the allegations of abuse. Defensively the introduction mentions it is no more out of proportion than other corporations of men, but admits this is no excuse, and remains a crucial issue to resolve.

These are but a few of the issues, including liturgical and theological, which are addressed in this book of interest to any American Roman Catholic, especially in an era in which the Theology of Ministry might be more closely examined than the Priesthood (cf for instance Father SChillebeeckx's The church with a human face: A new and expanded theology of ministry.

Highly recommended for every Catholic daring to think about the state of our Church and concerned for her future.
 

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