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Freeing Celibacy

Author(s): Donald Cozzens

ISBN13: 9780814631607

ISBN10: 0814631606


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  • Cozzens explores priestly celibacy as source of power and burden of obligation, as spiritual calling and gift of the Spirit. Putting mandatory celibacy in historic perspective, he examines the ancient and contemporary experience of married clergy in the Eastern churches and the Roman rite church. Cozzens affirms celibacy as a charism, a gift that is true for some, but only when received as a grace.
  • Donald Cozzens

    Currently Writer in Residence at John Carroll University, this pastor, professor, and author is a noted national and international commentator on religious and cultural issues, especially those relating to the sexual and financial crises gripping the Catholic Church. The New York Times says,"…Donald Cozzens…is one of the most-respected moderate voices on Catholic issues…" (February 13, 2011). He has appeared twice on Tim Russert’s Meet the Press, (March 31, 2002 and June 16, 2002) and has been interviewed on Fresh Air, All Things ConsideredThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC radio and television, CNNand other major television networksCozzens’ award-winning and best-selling book, The Changing Face of the Priesthood (Liturgical Press, 2000) has been translated into eight languages, including Korean. His subsequent books include the award winning Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church (2002), Faith That Dares to Speak (2004), and Freeing Celibacy (2006); Notes from the Underground: The Spiritual Journal of a Secular Priest (Orbis Books, 2013). In 2015, Cozzens’ award winning first novel was published by ACTA/In Extenso. A priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, Cozzens has lectured throughout the United States and in Ireland, England, Australia, Colombia, and India.

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