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The Charism of Priestly Celibacy

Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Reflections

ISBN13: 9781594713613

ISBN10: 1594713618

Publisher: Ave Maria Press (30 Nov 2012)

Extent: 224 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 1.5 x 15 x 22 cm

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  • With contributions from Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M., Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, The Charism of Priestly Celibacy: Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Reflections, a timely collection of reflections on priestly celibacy, explores its biblical, historical, and theological roots and affirms what current studies of priests reflect—that despite its challenges, celibacy has been a grace for priests personally.


    The value of celibacy is often questioned, yet recent surveys of priests demonstrate that more than 75 percent of them feel personally called to celibacy and find it a source of grace in their lives. This rich collection of reflections was presented as a symposium at the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and offers both priests and lay Catholics a deeper, theologically based appreciation of celibacy as a charism or gift of the Holy Spirit. With contributions from leading authorities in scripture, Church history, theology, pastoral leadership, and psychology, this collection offers what one contributor describes as a “reversal of mindset,” a reframing of the issue for today.


    Ideal Uses for The Charism of Priestly Celibacy:

    • Excellent gift for priests
    • Gift for those discerning a priestly vocation
    • Resource for seminary formation




    John C. Cavadini, PhD

    1. Dimensions of Priestly Celibacy, Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap

    2.  Friends of the Bridegroom: The Biblical Foundations of Priestly Celibacy, Mary Healy, STD

    3.  The Origins and Practice of Priestly Celibacy in the Early Church, Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J

    4. Configured to Christ: Celibacy and Human Formation, Rev. Msgr. Michael Heintz, PhD

    5. The Virginity of Jesus and the Celibacy of His Priests, The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

    6. The Fatherhood of the Celibate Priest, Rev. Carter H. Griffin, STD

    7.  Beloved Disciples at the Table of the Lord: Celibacy and the Pastoral Ministry of the Priest  The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle

    8.  A Recent Study of Celibacy and the Priesthood: What Do the Data Tell Us? Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, PhD, DMin




  • John C. Cavadini

    John C. Cavadini is the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. A member of Notre Dame’s department of theology, Cavadini served as chair of the department from 1997 to 2010, during which he led the department to a top-ten ranking in the National Research Council rankings of doctoral programs. He is an expert in patristic and early medieval theology, with a special focus on the theology of St. Augustine. In November 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission.

    The Institute for Church Life

    The Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame exists as an integral component of the university’s larger mission of teaching, research, and service to society and to the Church. Through its resources, projects, and affiliate centers the Institute reaches out to the whole spectrum of Church leaders—its bishops, clergy, religious, and laity—to provide training and service as well as opportunities for spiritual rejuvenation and personal growth.

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