Like His Brothers and Sisters: Ordaining Community Leaders

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Gracewing Publishing, 2002 - Christian leadership - 214 pages
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This provocative book is about the proposed ordination of proven leaders of Catholic communities. While most people begin any consideration of this topic by pointing out the current shortage of priest, this concise investigation assumes a different starting point. Roman Catholic Priests are human beings like everyone else, but at the same time they are also quite dissimilar. For example, they do not make their living by the work of their hands. Nor do they raise a family. The crucial question that this book raises is: must all ordained leaders be of the kind? Can the Catholic Church introduce a second kind of priest who is living in a way that is similar to the rest of the community? Such questions are at the heart of this important study.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The community of Silungile is ready waiting for
10
Even the ordination of a pensioner will do
18
Father Plenty is shocked by Father Share
26
THE CHOICES BEFORE
57
The motives and reasons for introducing ordained
85
A choice which is vital but could prove disastrons
98
HOW THE CHURCH COULD BEGIN
109
Initial reactions to the news that community leaders
119
A new role for the existing priests
128
How to prepare for the ordination of community leaders
147
How to sustain a structure of ordained community leaders
160
The reaction of seminarians and the adjustment of seminary
173
The financial implications of ordaining community leaders
179
Conclusion
205
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