Goodbye Father

Goodbye Father : The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church

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In the four decades ending in the year 2000, the number of priests will decline by 40% while the number of Catholics will grow by 65%. Schoenherr sees the priest shortage as the major force for change within the Catholic Church, and his book explores the reasons for the decline as well as its broad implications for the nature and control of the church. This book is intended for sociologists, theologians and church historians, particularly those involved with or interested in the Roman Catholic more

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  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 164.1 x 242.8 x 23.4mm | 576.07g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 halftones, 2 line illustrations
  • 0195082591
  • 9780195082593

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Those who are convinced with Schoenherr that ending required clergy celibacy will transform the church into one of vibrant lay participation and a gender-inclusive priesthood will find much of interest to support that view in this book. American Catholic Studies This book represents the life work of its author. American Catholic Studiesshow more

About Richard A. Schoenherr

The late Richard A. Schoenherr was a member of the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David Yamane is Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre more

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