This book is the scholarly study of former Catholic priests who had to make a major life decision as they struggled with their commitment to celibacy and their desire to marry. In order to unite those two incompatible identities, they had to shed their Catholic affiliation. This is th... e first study of its kind. 14 Tables, unspecified; 4 Illustrations, black and white
From Celibate Catholic Priest to Married Protestant Minister: Shepherding in Greener Pastures describes a previously unstudied population of celibate Catholic priests who left the priesthood and eventually became married Protestant ministers. Stephen Fichter alternates from narrative to descriptive as he follows the lives of three of his study participants before, during, and after their dual transition. The descriptive sections include a history of religiously motivated celibacy and a review of the four leading forerunners in the field of Catholic clergy research. This scholarly study is the first time that these transitional clerics have candidly explained their difficult journeys of discernment. Religion, love, loss, and commitment are all analyzed in the context of this unique group of men, and the profiles in this book are memorable not only for the richness of their content, but also-and maybe most importantly-for their humanity. Lessons can be drawn for all people, especially those who have ever suffered a mid-life crisis.
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