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Wed 19 Apr 2023 @ 23:46

Great conversation about synodality happening now with Kristin Colberg and Ormond Rush!

Freeing Celibacy


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Paperback / softback
ISBN-13: 9780814631607
Number of Pages: 128
Published: 01/09/2006
Product description
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.
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Donald B. Cozzens

Donald Cozzens, Ph.D., a priest and writer, is author of two award-winning and bestselling books, The Changing Face of the Priesthood and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church, both published by Liturgical Press. He is writer-in-residence at John Carroll University where he teaches in the religious studies department.

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"With his trademark clarity, insight and wisdom, Donald Cozzens has written the best book on the controversial topic of celibacy in many years. Certainly one of the most misunderstood practices of the Christian tradition, celibacy has been both wrongly elevated over the married life, and unfairly blamed for the sexual abuse scandals. Cozzens superb new book places celibacy in its proper historical and theological context and, in the process, shows how the healthy celibate can be not only productive, but also holy." James Martin. S.J. Author of My Life With the Saints "Fr. Donald Cozzens, a respected priest, teacher, seminary rector and author argues persuasively that the charism of celibacy a gift of the Spirit, should be distinguished and released from the canonical mandate of celibacy, as a condition for ordination to the priesthood. While recognizing the great contribution of priests gifted with the charism of celibacy to the Church, he empathizes with the priests, who strive by the grace of God to live the celibate life without being blessed with the charism of celibacy. He concludes, "the time has come to set celibacy free." Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan (Ret.) Auxiliary Bishop Diocese of Brooklyn, New York

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Wed 19 Apr 2023 @ 23:46

Great conversation about synodality happening now with Kristin Colberg and Ormond Rush!

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