Sacraments: Holy Orders

The Priesthood of Jesus Christ

The Priesthood of Jesus Christ

In this 13-part series, Fr. Frederick Miller, a teacher of seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, takes a look at the gift of the priesthood of Jesus. His "insider's perspective" shows us what the priesthood is all about: from it's beginnings to Our Lord's ministry on earth and the reflection of the Early Church Fathers. He discusses the discernment of the call.


Theology of the Priesthood, 2nd Edition

Theology of the Priesthood, 2nd Edition

Since the end of Vatican II, in 1965, more active involvement of the laity has led many people to wonder about the priest's place in the Church. ''In this masterful work, theologian Jean Galot, S.J., clarifies the nature of the priesthood. He explains how the Jewish priesthood, the perfect priestly ministry of Jesus, and the role of the Twelve help us understand the ministerial priesthood. He considers how the “priesthood of the faithful� and the ministerial priesthood relate to each other, and how the latter is, by God's design, necessary for the former. '' Theology of the Priesthood carefully examines the priest's role as minister of sacrifice and the sacraments, prophet of the Word, and leader of the Church. These and other aspects are summed up, according to Galot, in the priest's ministry as shepherd. This ministery is itself a sharing in Jesus' role as Shepherd: ''“The priest does not draw the inspiration for his pastoral zeal from his own feelings, from his own personal resolve to create a better world�, Fr. Galot writes. “He is shepherd on the strength of God's pastoral intention and represents specifically Christ the shepherd. Consequently, he is called upon to fulfill his pastoral mission not according to ideas of his own and his own personal ambitions, but in keeping with God's own dispensation and the design of salvation devised by the Father and carried out by Christ. Like Jesus himself, the priest is at the service of the Father.� ''The book also explores the spiritual life of priests, including the role of celibacy. It concludes with a discussion demonstrating that the male character of the ministerial priesthood is based on the will of Jesus and is not contrary to women's dignity on their role in the Church.'


Priesthood and Diaconate

Priesthood and Diaconate

The Recipient of the Sacrament of Holy Orders from the Perspective of Creation Theology and Christology Gerhard Ludwig Muller With the apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, the Magisterium of the Catholic Church has presented the tradition of conferring Holy Orders on men only as an expression of divine revelation and hence as a doctrine that binds in faith. This makes clear that the Church's practice in this regard cannot be interpreted as a concession to the customs of an age, for instance to a discrimination against women on sociological grounds. The Church's teaching is founded, rather, upon a theology of the sexes, which is based on the relationship of man and woman originating in creation itself. This relationship is sanctified to the utmost in the Sacrament of Matrimony, as the concrete symbol of God's love for mankind. Gerhard Ludwig Muller , Professor of Dogmatic Theology in Munich, has written and edited much on this topic as a member of the International Theological Commission. His writings on this subject have been combined in this present volume into a systematic presentation, expanded and updated. “Muller offers us an irrefutable case, based on theological sources, for the Church's teaching and practice since the time of the Apostles of conferring the sacrament of Holy Orders on baptized males only.� "Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J. , Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review


Women in the Priesthood?

Women in the Priesthood?

A Systematic Analysis in the Light of the Order of Creation and Redemption Dr. Manfred Hauke This book should become the standard reference in the debate about women's ordination. The author cites copiously from American as well as European sources and presents the feminist position in the words and categories of the leading feminist authors. But, for the first time, the whole question is placed in the comprehensive context of anthropology, biology, psychology, philosophy, and theology. You will find a balanced presentation of the profound consistency of the Catholic Church's teaching and the practice concerning the role of women in the Church and in society. Written in a scholarly, yet very readable manner. "The work was accompanied by an ecumenical concern from the very start, to which I am indebted insofar as I have tried to take due account of the international debate on my topic, including the part played by non-Catholic Christian communities. I have, therefore, placed special value on the biblical foundations of the larger structure of the Catholic Faith, and have proceeded from there in connection with Tradition. I am very glad that an English edition will now be published in the United States, for here the topic of "women in the Church" is discussed with special fervor. On quite a number of pages, the reader will find references to the American situation and citations from American literature." -- Manfred Hauke "Undoubtedly the definitive work available on this important topic." -- Hans Urs von Balthasar, Manfred Hauke, Ph.D. , is a German priest who teaches dogmatic theology at the University of Augsburg. He is very conversant with the leading literature on the topic of women priests and has written numerous articles on this and other theological topics. Sewn Softcover


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