My Call to Priesthood: One Married Man's Struggle to Become a Roman Catholic Priest

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A&C Black, Jan 26, 2006 - Religion - 208 pages
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My Call to Priesthood
is the story of Ron Eberley's so-far futile effort to become a married priest. It is also a clear account of the checkered history and tortuous theology of mandatory celibacy.

"Eberley, a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Seattle, tells in a faith-filled and prayerful way, the winning story of his Catholic childhood and adult married life in Canada where he was a lay activist... Upon his wife's death, he sought for a time to become ordained but left the seminary to marry. Now he pleads that bishops appeal to Canon 1042 which allows the Holy See to grant dispensations to the rule of exclusivecelibacy... . Eberley's plea is for Catholic leaders to give us the married as well as the celibate diocesan priests we need." Theological Studies

"The Catholic Church is the only Christian Church which makes marriage...an impediment to ordination. This impediment is in place only if the candidate is a baptized candidate in the Latin Rite. Eberley was. The clash between the convoluted artificiality...of this Church rule and the grace of Eberley's call and passion to serve,amounts to abuse... . Eberley's theological chapters give us solid scholarship and brilliant citations. His conclusion is not unwarranted: the fruits of mandatory celibacy are a Church riddled with denial, uniform mediocrity and dysfunctional sexuality." Horizons

  

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Contents

by George A Maloney SJ
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by Armand M Nigro S J
9
Introduction
13
My Childhood
19
Before Celibacy Was Obligatory
25
My Adolescence
39
Celibacy Becomes Mandatory for Ordination
47
My First Career
53
Official Changes Made to the Priesthood
87
My Second Career
91
The Ordained Priesthood in Crises
101
My Call to Priesthood
121
A Different Job Description
137
On the Right Track
147
Why Celibate? Why Mandatory?
169
A Sequel
181

The Priesthood That I Knew
67
Marriage and Family
73
Acknowledgments
195
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About the author (2006)

Ron Eberley and his wife, Jan, live in Spokane, Washington.

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