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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814630235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814630235
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a clear, straightforward, and systematic explanation of what could prove to be a complex theological analysis. It is sometimes humoristic, always interesting. Readers can enjoy this exceptional professor’s development of a much-needed foundation for the theology of the lay apostolate, the ‘priesthood of the faithful.’
Studia Canonica

. . . a prophetic voice of unqualified hope, one that deserves to be heard by all of us. . . . this is a wonderful book.

. . . a gem. It is a work of vision and direction. It synthesizes and expresses ideas that have been brewing over a lifetime. It is rife with practical advice about how to renew Christian life within the Church and within the world. College teachers will find it useful for courses addressing topics such as Church, Laity, Ministry, Sacraments, Mission, and Spirituality. It will also prove useful for various forms of adult education and community formation.

Priesthood of the Faithful should be required reading for lay ministry formation and for those who are in RCIA or baptismal preparation leadership. Leaders in liturgical ministry and adult faith formation groups will also benefit richly from Philibert’s work
Richard E. McCarron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Liturgy, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

This book provides much food for thought and discussion for individuals and groups involved in parish leadership, book clubs, and faith-sharing groups interested in the development of lives that speak the Good News.
Pastoral Music

Philibert’s theology aims at the more fundamental level shared by all. This enables the text to be used in the widest range of ecclesial settings.
New Theology Review

. . . a beautiful theological meditation on the priesthood of the faithful. . . . what this book describes is not some ‘priesthood of the laity’ that stands alongside that of the ordained. It presents a priesthood of the whole body of Christ—a call to discipleship in the midst of the everyday, which is a challenge for both the ordained and non-ordained alike.

By reading this book you should understand the priesthood of the baptized and discover its significance for the lives of believers today.
Catholic Library World

About the Author

Paul Philibert, OP, has taught pastoral theology in the United States and abroad. He is a Dominican friar of the Southern Province. His translation of a collection of Congar's essays on the liturgy has been published by Liturgical Press under the title At the Heart of Christian Worship. His book The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church (Liturgical Press, 2005) reflects the ecclesiology of Yves Congar and his vision of the apostolic life of the faithful.

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By Marni Pahl on January 31, 2014
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The writier's style was matter of fact and made the content accessible to me. I appreciated the timeliness of the topics addressed in light of Vatican II and Pope Francis' election. Thank you!
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