This book re-examines, in an eminently practical and timely way, the scriptural foundations and factors, especially in the early formative centuries, which have contributed to the shape of the priesthood as we now know it. And in doing so, it bears witness to the wonder and the mystery of the ministerial priesthood so consistently recognized and appreciated throughout history and in the official teaching of the Church.
Category: Church Leadership
Pope Benedict XVI successor to Peter
This introductory book on the Pope presents a short biography of Joseph Ratzinger in both a human and a historical context. Starting with the pope's early years in Bavaria and his youth during the second world war, it then outlines his academic career, how the student riots of1968 transformed him from a liberal to a conservative theologian, his time at the congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and some of the more dramatic and public interventions he made in that position. Finally, the book looks at the opening days of his pontificate and from statements, homilies, and addresses delivered during that time, assesses the likely pattern of the papacy of Benedict XVI.
Encounters with Holiness
The last century produced an extraordinary large number of saints. some of them have already been proposed for canonization, others have not. In this book father catoir presents a number of personal encounters and Christopher Close-up interviews that he had over the course of the last century with some of the saints who are now up for canonization, as well as with a few others who will probably never be canonised, though all of them are amongst the holiest people of the twentieth century.
Pope Francis Untying the Knots
for this book, Paul Valley travelled to Argentina and Rome to meet Bergoglio''s intimates over the last four decades. His book charts a remarkable journey. It reveals what changed the man who was to become Pope Francis from a reactionary into the revolutionary who is unnerving Rome's clerical careerists with the extent of his behind-the-scene changes. In this perceptive portrait Paul Valley offers both new evidences and penetrating insights into the kind of Pope Francis could become.
Angels (and Demons)
In response to actual questions many people have asked him about angels and demons, well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy and myth from reality as he answers 101 common questions about these spiritual beings.