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The Last Priests in America: Conversations With Remarkable Men Hardcover – October 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad; 1ST edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824511395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824511395
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,132,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unsworth, an editor with U.S. Parish , has linked together 42 interviews with men who share their love of the ministry as well as the frustrations of aging, homosexuality, celibacy, loneliness, and the politics of being a priest. Statistical facts are presented with the interviews, warning that the shortage of priests will continue to escalate unless solutions are found. Unsworth claims that for every ten priests lost only six are ordained, and with the continued growth of the Catholic population the role of future priests will be radically altered. Each of the men interviewed offers his insights regarding the role of the priesthood and the special problems he must face. This accessible study will help answer questions and perhaps erase the mystique of priesthood. Recommended for general collections.
-L. Kriz, Sioux City P.L., Ia.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2003
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I purchased this book from a bargain book company when I was working as an office cleaning personnel in the evenings at a local Catholic church. It was amazing to me what a stressful and hectic pace their priestly lives (and duties) could be, as brought our in the book. You do have to admire their dedication because I don't think many people would want to service in such a way, and for what appeared to be relatively low pay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iconoclast on December 24, 2012
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A look at the inner workings of the Catholic church, and the trials and tribulations of the Priesthood.

Never really appreciated the well rounded education seminarians receive prior to becoming ordained, nor the rigid academic and physical atmosphere at the Seminary.
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Tim Unsworth is a journalist with the National Catholic Reporter, who has written other books such as I Am Your Brother Joseph: Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago, Here Comes Everybody: Stories of Church, etc.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1991 collection of interviews with forty-three priests, "The interviews were as filled with surprises as they were insights... I found virtually no institutional paranoia. While some were more cautious than others, no one seemed intimidated by what the bishop or others would say... The priests interviewed freely discussed the morale problem... Many felt that they have worked hard to implement Vatican II but they sense that the effort is now being blunted by the Vatican and the local chancery... they seemed more anxious to talk about their work than about their working conditions. They love their ministry and, with rare exceptions, would do nothing else with their lives." (Pg. xii-xiii) He adds, "Although the subject of scandal rarely came up, when it did the priests expressed great anger. the sins of a few have tarred them all, they felt, making them objects of suspicion and ridicule... However, they see their bishops locked in a codependent relationship with the flawed priests. The sexual deviate or the womanizer knows that he has a license; the bishop will never publicly bring him to task. The prudent ordinary will continue to treat deviant behavior as a legal matter, calling the diocesan lawyer and arranging out-of-court settlements." (Pg. xiv-xv)

He notes, "Priests read. Most are undisciplined readers...
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