Why Celibacy: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest by Fr Carter Griffin, Scott Hahn (Foreword by)


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Priestly celibacy, some say, is an outdated relic from another age. Others see it as a lonely way of life. But as Fr. Carter Griffin argues in Why Celibacy?: Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest, the ancient practice of celibacy, when lived well, helps a priest exercise his spiritual fatherhood joyfully and fruitfully. Along the way, Griffin explores: the question of optional celibacy, some pitfalls of celibate paternity, the selection and formation of candidates for celibate priesthood, why biological fathers are also called to spiritual fatherhood, the powerful impact of celibacy on the Church and the wider culture, In a critical moment for the Catholic priesthood, Fr. Griffin brings light and hope with a new perspective on the Church's perennial wisdom on celibacy.