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

Richard A. Schoenherr and David Yamane

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A single unavoidable fact looms large in the future of Catholicism – in the last half‐century the number of priests has plummeted by 40% while the number of Catholics has increased by 65%. The ... More


Compulsory Celibacy and the Priest Shortage

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Since the priest shortage in the Catholic Church is the core of the theoretical model of social change in organized religion presented in Part II of the book, this chapter summarizes the major ... More


The Priests

Orri Vésteinsson

in The Christianization of Iceland: Priests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207993
eISBN:
9780191677885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207993.003.0006
Subject:
History, World Medieval History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses the condition of priests in Iceland in the twelfth century. There was an acute shortage of priests between 1148 and 1152 due to economic instability wherein the society or its ... More


Celibate Exclusivity Is the Issue

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter argues that celibate exclusivity of the priesthood is the issue at the root of the malaise in the Catholic Church in America. Its symptom is priest shortage, and the issue ... More


The Collapse of Celibate Exclusivity

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter contends that we are witnessing the collapse of celibate exclusivity in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Mandatory celibacy has already been identified as the major cause of decline in the ... More


Forces for Change in Catholic Ministry

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines seven historical trends related to the Catholic Church that have been gaining strength over the latter half of the twentieth century. Each trend comprises two countervailing ... More


Hierarchy and Hierophany

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter continues the discussion begun in the last two, in examining trends six and seven of the seven trends in the matrix of social forces affecting the Catholic Church. These belong to the ... More


Unity and Diversity

Richard A. Schoenherr

David Yamane (ed.)

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

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195082593
eISBN:
9780199834952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195082591.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The first trend in the matrix of social forces affecting the Catholic Church is the decline in the priest population combined with growth in church membership, and this dual force bears a catalytic ... More


Changing Demographics in Pastoral Leadership

Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, John L. Wiggins, and Thomas P. Gaunt

in Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190645168
eISBN:
9780190645199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190645168.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter documents the fact that there are fewer priests available to serve in parishes and that the priesthood in general is aging. At the same time there is a noticeable change in the personnel ... More


Parish Reconfiguration Strategies

Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, John L. Wiggins, and Thomas P. Gaunt

in Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190645168
eISBN:
9780190645199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190645168.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines options available in canon law to provide innovative parish staffing structures that offer new opportunities for pastoral leadership. These new structures include utilizing a ... More


Governance and Administration

Stephen J. Fichter, Thomas P. Gaunt, Catherine Hoegeman, and Paul M. Perl

in Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millenium

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190920289
eISBN:
9780190920319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190920289.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter takes the perspective of the diocese as an organization and the bishop as the leader and administrator of that organization. In business terms the bishop would be the chief executive ... More


Summary and Conclusions

Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, John L. Wiggins, and Thomas P. Gaunt

in Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190645168
eISBN:
9780190645199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190645168.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter reviews and summarizes the various trends that have been identified throughout the book and examines the impact these trends have had on parish life. The trends are declining vocations ... More


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