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Clericalism: The Death of Priesthood Paperback – January 1, 2008
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One thing is clear; though the scandals in the Roman church may be the example used, the main point of the book is not about 'the sex scandals.' Clericalism is a deformation of the Gospel, one for which all members of the body of Christ are responsible. All members are also responsible for reformation and renewal of the Gospel imperative to the radical equality and responsibility of all to be priest to one another. Gifts and functions and calls do differ, but the gospel dictum that we are all to serve one another and value each other without distinction transcends all roles.
On the other hand, like Newton's third law of momentum, for every action there may well be an equal but opposite reaction. Many of the unintended attitudes accompanying the clerical classifications are highlighted by the author: the clergy believes it does not need to earn its credibility; and the laity often puts automatic trust in the clergy. Several such unintended inclinations are highlighted. The first half of the book is exceedingly academic and turns on the definitions of words such as "clergyhood" and culture. The discussion becomes more specific when it turns to the subject of the sex abuse scandal.
Not only does the discussion become more specific, it becomes more real. The author's generalized insights ring true when applied to the specific facts of the sex abuse scandal. Maybe that is because much of the discussion is applied common sense.Read more ›
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Reading this as part of a discussion group, so it was helpful to find a used copy. 1st owner's highlights are helpful, too.Published on November 24, 2012 by N. Melo
Enlightening and hopeful treatise on the meaning of discipleship. Supported by a firm, scholarly foundation, it challenges Christians whatever their position to reexamine their... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by A. Yellico
Difficult reading the first half but worth it. This is a wake up call to Catholics who want the Church to
be relevant and alive.