Like His Brothers and Sisters: Ordaining Community Leaders

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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.