Catholic Priesthood

catholic church

catholic church [Gr.,=universal], the body of Christians, living and dead, considered as an organization. The word catholic was first used c.110 to describe the Church by St. Ignatius of Antioch. In speaking of the time before the Reformation in Western Europe, Catholic is technically used to mean orthodox (i.e., those who accept the tradition as mediated by the Roman Church). Today in English it usually means the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants use the word catholic in its original sense to designate the Christian Church taken as a whole.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

New Horizons for the Priesthood
Andrew M. Greeley.
Sheed & Ward, 1970
Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests
Thomas G. Plante.
Praeger, 1999
In Persona Christi: Towards a Second Naivete
Ferrara, Dennis Michael.
Theological Studies, Vol. 57, No. 1, March 1996
The Common and the Ordained Priesthood
Coffey, David.
Theological Studies, Vol. 58, No. 2, June 1997
The Catholic Church, Resource Allocation and the Priest Shortage
Zech, Charles E.
Review of Social Economy, Vol. 50, No. 3, Fall 1992
Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church
Richard A. Schoenherr; David Yamane.
Oxford University Press, 2002
A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Thomas J. Reese.
Sheed & Ward, 1992
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