Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Trouble with Priests (Their Trials and Truimphs): An Historical Study of the Priests of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Trouble with Priests (Their Trials and Truimphs): An Historical Study of the Priests of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio

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Lyons, John E The Trouble with Priests (Their Trials and Triumphs): An Historical Study of the Priests of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. (Cleveland, Ohio: Bishop's Press. 2001. Pp. iv, 101. $15.00 paperback.)

This work discusses the lives of fourteen Cleveland priests and contains, in addition, two chapters dealing with Cleveland's second bishop, Richard Gilmour. Most of the fourteen priests ministered mainly in the nineteenth century with only two spending the majority of their priesthood in the twentieth century. The unifying theme of the book is the notion of "trouble"-either the "trouble" the priest experienced in his ministry, the "trouble" he caused (usually to his bishop), or the "trouble" (in the sense of effort) he took to minister effectively The book is really a compilation of passages taken verbatim from other works, most notably from the second volume of a work published in 1903 by the Reverend George E Houck and Michael W Can entitled History of Catholicity in Northern Ohio and the Diocese of Cleveland, 1749 to 1900. Other sources include parish histories, a doctoral dissertation, an article from a published work, and an obituary from Cleveland's diocesan newspaper. …

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