At a time when many Catholics are questioning their church, Donald Cozzens sheds light on the widespread underground Church that cherishes the vision of a renewed and reformed Church preached by Pope John XXIII, a Church open to the currents of grace flowing through cathedrals and marketplaces, chanceries and ghettos, through women and men, through people of good will.
Writing in a fresh way about faith, prayer, communion and Church, Cozzens calls this new underground church a pilgrim people that believes that the Holy Spirit is loose in the world and whose rumours of wisdom might be found in any of Gods people as well as in their ordained leaders. Im hardly alone in the underground Church. I take comfort in that.
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 Considered, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC radio and television, CNN, and other major television networks. Cozzens’ 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.