The Catholic Priest in the United States: Historical Investigations
Editor: John Tracy Ellis
United States Catholic Conference, Washington, DC, 1971.
The troubled state of human life throughout the world in the 1960's intensified the difficulties which normally attend the life and ministry of priests. As co-workers of bishops to whom Christ entrusted the message and ministry of reconciliation, priests are men of God among men; they are in the world but not of the world; they must conform the world to Christ and avoid conformation to the world; they must please God rather than men. Their mission is that of the Church --- to unite men with God and with each other; their ministry --- a never changing one, must be sensitive to the changes in the life and conditions of those whom they serve.
Table of Contents:
The Formation of the American Priest: An Historical Perspective
John Tracy Ellis
Bishops and Their Priests in the United States
Before and After Modernism: The Intellectual Isolation of the American Priest
Michael V. Gannon
Diocesan and Religious Clergy: The History of a Relationship, 1789-1969
John P. Marschall, C.S.V.
The American Priest and Social Action
David J. O’Brien
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