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Review: Stewards of God’s Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church

Stewards of God's Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing ChurchStewards of God’s Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church by Paul J. Philibert
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This volume suffers from one significant drawback: it is a follow up study to a 1973 study that has its focus on the ordained priesthood of the Catholic Church of the United States. The insights that are contained within the volume are therefore limited in their applicability to the Catholic Church in the rest of the world.

There are, to be sure, insights of value, but their applicability to a setting that is not the United States are exceptionally limited; their applicability in places like Africa and Asia, where the Catholic Church finds itself in a radically different situation than the West, must be almost nil. In that light, the book is disappointing.

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