- Tapa dura: 208 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury Academic Us; Edición: New (1 de septiembre de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0826417027
- ISBN-13: 978-0826417022
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Priests in Love: Roman Catholic Clergy and Their Intimate Relationships: Roman Catholic Clergy and Their Intimate Friendships (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 sep 2005
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Advocates of changing the celibacy requirement will sympathize with Anderson s work. Publishers Weekly, 2/14/05 her portrayal of Catholic priests is nothing short of groundbreaking. --Altar Magazine, 2005 What makes the book powerful are the voices of real people, real priests and their companions. It is peppered with lively, authenticating verbatim. The book brings a whole new perspective to debates about ministry and celibacy in the Church. This is the book about which you want to dialogue with your bishop. A special insert to Bread Rising on the Married Priesthood, 12.2, 4/05 this reader was touched by the author s account of the priests. Catholic Books Review, 2005--Catholic Books Review 'Although it reads with the ease of a novel, the power of this book is inestimable for furthering a productive dialogue on the sexual issues facing the Catholic Church precisely because it gives voice to real people, real priests, and their companions. These lives challenge any reader to reexamine her or his own life, sexual ideals, and moral compass. After reading it, I decided that it should be dedicated to the Pope and be required reading for every bishop.' -Richard Sipe, author of Celibacy in Crisis: A Secret World Revisited--Richard Sipe No one has captured with greater understanding and insight the personal, human struggles of priests coping with mandated, institutionalized celibacy than Jane Anderson in Priests in Love. This moving and compelling book, both gracefully written and grace-filler, is destines to shake the foundations of obligatory celibacy. Donald Cozzens, Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church--Donals Cozzens ."..the author's perspective is salutary... We are reminded of the life-giving and healing power of true dialogue in that it is both listening and critical. It demands of us that we cannot be blind to bias, self-interested and, to adapt Acton's adage, power's tendency to corrupt even people of faith, their leaders and institutions. It also implies that we should, at the least, assume good will and integrity in everyone, including those who are official teachers or who hold positions in the Curia. Finally, it brings us back to the broader frame of reference, the wider lens of Christian faith....Jane Anderson is to be congratulated on this significant, compassionate and even courageous study."- "Australian Ejournal of Theology" ."..a major study chronicling the personal turmoil of 50 Catholic priests struggling to balance the demands of the church and their need for close, sexual companionship."- "The Sydney Morning Herald, "April 2005 "The work is unique in that the author offers Australian Catholic clergy the opportunity to speak in very personal terms about their intimate romantic and sexual relationships, and the emotional and moral dilemmas that ensue. The book is a qualitative study of the hidden phenomenon of priests' relationships. It is sobering reading. I was particularly moved... "Priests in Love" presents candid human evidence that the problems surrounding the current practice of mandatory celibacy need to be addressed with the best insights that both the human sciences and the theological tradition can offer."- Janiene Wilson, "Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, "Spring 2005, "Despite how it sounds, it's not your average scandalous read. It's a book about Roman Catholic priests and their struggles with the life of celibacy that's imposed upon them by the vocation they've chosen."- "ABC South Coast WA, "April 8, 2005
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In the 1960s and '70s, thousands of Roman Catholic priests left the active ministry to get married. Nothing like this had been seen on this scale since the French Revolution, and before that since the Reformation. Now a different phenomenon seems to be at work: priests who have formed long-time, intimate sexual friendships. These men are not pedophiles or sexual abusers. They are adult, mature men who can no longer find a rationale for a life of obligatory celibacy and enter into responsible sexual relationships. Some of them are straight, some gay. Based on interviews, conducted over a nine-year period, with 50 Australian priests, Priests in Love tells the stories of these priests and their friends. It deals with the moral, psychological, and social challenges they face on the less traveled road of social change.Ver Descripción del producto
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However, the book is incredibly biased, filled with moral relativism and based on worldly, rather an a spiritually Catholic, morality. The author doesn't demonstrate any clergymen who fell in love and refrained from breaking their vows/promises, or those who (while heartbroken over the loss of someone they love) are still happy in their celibacy. I would have liked to hear a bit more from men who were married and ordained, too, as a sort of picture of where this issue could go. I wanted more support for celibacy.
This shouldn't be about demonizing the Church and her practices, but being able to take a long, honest look at this particular discipline without suggesting other "reforms" that would compromise Church doctrine (such as women's ordination or homosexual unions). This should be about protecting, holding to personal responsibility and loving the wonderful men who give their lives to the service of God. That might not be easy, under the current circumstances, but it's worth it.
She writes in the Preface, "But there is a story that moves beyond negativity and mere titillation. That story belongs to priests who love their friends and treasure the priesthood. In caring for both, they are attempting to find a pathway towards a happier future, not just for themselves but also for the church and the world."
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"(T)he level of sexual maturation amongst Catholic clergy in general would well be compared to that found amongst adolescent boys. If, for example, you were to listen to some of the conversations amongst the clergy gathered for drinks in the privacy of their own company, you could be forgiven for thinking that the average age of the gathering was between fifteen and eighteen years. Not surprisingly---since sexual/relational maturation of many clergy was in fact frozen at this stage." (Pg. 18)
"These priests select confessors who exercise a considerable amount of compassion and latitude with regards to sexuality. Such confessors feel that penitent priests need to be given some scope for freedom of choice and reflection about their adult relationships. Sometimes these confessors are also known to have similar relationships, or have had them in the past." (Pg. 29)
"Nevertheless, these clerics continued to invest in the official rhetoric of celibacy because it is crucial for their respective episcopal and priestly survival---an action that is supported by another informal rule of the priesthood: you should never crap in your own nest." (Pg. 83-84)
"The reason behind the official stonewalling on the law about celibacy probably has little to do with doctrine since there is, in fact, no doctrinal obstacle to a married clergy, but rather the fact that a married clergy would cost more than a celibate one, and also be less amenable to episcopal control in matters such as transfers. Money and power may have more to do with the law on celibacy than doctrine or tradition." (Pg. 100)
This is definitely a read for those who are secure in their faith in the Roman Catholic Church and are not going to be scandalized to discover that the ordained clergy are human. However, Anderson does not do a very good job at showing any clergy - nearly at all - that are living an integrated and healthy life as celibates! Therefore leading her readers to develop a misconstrued opinion that this is an immediate issue for all clergy, when in fact this is not as much a pandemic as Anderson would have one believe.
Finally, it would seem most inappropriate for me to totally support this book based on what appears to be a soapbox for one author's repetitive, biased agenda, I must admit that this book does tell a story that is often overlooked or ignored however exaggerated the writer has made it out to be. Read, but read with caution.