The Naked Parish Priest: A Survey Among Roman Catholic Parish Clergy in England and Wales

The Naked Parish Priest: A Survey Among Roman Catholic Parish Clergy in England and Wales

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By (author) Stephen H. Louden, By (author) Leslie J. Francis

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826467989
  • ISBN 13: 9780826467980
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,656,940

Product description

Based on a survey sent out to Catholic clergy in the UK, this study is a major contribution from empirical theology towards interpreting the health and potential of the priesthood today. The issues raised by this new study concern the nature and health of the priesthood, a topic of most urgent concern at a time of clerical scandal and abuse. The conclusions of this book are extremely revealing but fundamentally positive for anyone concerned with the future of the Christian Church at the start of a new millennium.

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Author information

Stephen H. Louden is a Roman Catholic priest based in Cambridge. He is a Monsignor and former chaplain to the armed forces. Leslie J. Francis is Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Wales (Bangor).

Review quote

"Anyone wishing to understand the daily realities of Catholic clergy-laity and clergy-clergy interaction at the start of the 21st century should read this book." -Science & Theology News, 4/04

Table of contents

Training for ministry - Theology and Priesthood - Relating to the laity - Celibacy and priesthood - Fallen priests - Sex and death - Rome and the Vatican - Ordination of Women - Emotional exhaustion - Depersonalisation - A future in the priesthood