After the Heart of God: The Life and Ministry of Priests at the Beginning of the Third Millennium

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Taylor Trade Publications, Aug 16, 2011 - Religion - 154 pages
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What sort of priest is needed for the third millennium? The cultural and ecclesial landscape has changed so dramatically over the past fifty years. There are new and challenging forces at work influencing the direction of culture, and bearing in on the Church. The priest stands at the intersection of these forces as they play out in the lives of Catholics. Now is the time to consider the identity, character, human reality, pastoral orientation and the spiritual life of priests. Author Julian Porteous does just this in After the Heart of God, also considering new signs of hope emerging in the Church in recent times and looking at the way in which the Church itself has responded to some of the challenges that priests have faced.

 

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Contents

Introduction
5
The social context
9
The ecclesial context
23
rSigns of new life
33
The Churchs reflection on thepriesthood
43
Identity of the priest
53
The humanity of the pri
77
The living situation of a priest
93
The spiritual life of the priest
105
The pastoral ministry of the priest
117
The future of the priesthood
139
Bibliography
149
About The Author
153
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Julian Porteous is Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia, and Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. He is Episcopal Vicar for Renewal and Evangelization within the Archdiocese. He has had extensive experience in the area of Evangelization and has worked closely with the new Ecclesial Movements.

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