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This work provides an overview of the difficulties that
Catholic priests have experienced in history as a background
for offering a vision for the renewal of the priesthood in our
The Catholic priesthood has faced many daunting challenges
in every historical era. Archbishop Emeritus Hughes draws
on the Church’s past efforts to foster renewal in the priesthood to help with the renewal needed today. The author
addresses directly the current issues arising from the clergy
sex abuse scandal, COVID-19, the financial disruption, and
Most contemporary books on the ordained priesthood are
either theological treatises on the nature of this priesthood,
or exhortations to living priestly life and ministry more fully.
This book traces the development of priestly discipleship and
spirituality in the face of historical challenges, and draws on
this history to spell out a vision for renewal, attuned to the
This book is intended to serve a double purpose. It can serve
as a text for seminarians, used together with a reader drawn
from the cited classics, or as a rich source of spiritual reading
for priests and bishops.