Who Do We Think We Are?: How Catholic Priests Understand Themselves Today
:This empirical study explores how the sampled priests understand their priesthood. Chris A. Fallon reviews Liverpool's history of expansion and decline, which has left fewer and older priests serving fewer active Catholics and an undiminished number who still require baptisms,...
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:This empirical study explores how the sampled priests understand their priesthood. Chris A. Fallon reviews Liverpool's history of expansion and decline, which has left fewer and older priests serving fewer active Catholics and an undiminished number who still require baptisms, first communions, marriages and funerals. It contrasts the models of priesthood found in Liverpool with American studies of the cultic and servant leader models of priesthood, taking into account the theological viewpoints and personality profiles of the individuals who took part.
- :table Of Contents Table Of Figures Abbreviations Introduction1. The Historical Context For This Study: A Story Of Survival, Revival, Expansion And Decline2. The Evolution And Methodology Of This Project3. Five Theories Emerging From The Qualitative Data: Interviews, Diaries, Focus Groups And Case Study4. Confirmatory Data From The Survey5. Conclusions And Recommendations6. Summary And Discussion Of The Evidence7. Concerns About Workload8. Concerns About Change In Society And The Church's Response9. Concerns About The Experience Of The Presbyterate In The Archdiocese Of Liverpool10. Recommendations11. Recommendations Relating To Workload12. Recommendations Relating To Change In Society And The Church's Response13. Recommendations Relating To The Experience Of The Presbyterate In This Diocese14. Progress Towards Implementing Some Of The Recommendations15. Avenues For Further Researchappendix 1: Research Grant Applicationappendix 2: Leaving Safe Harbours Dvd Scriptappendix 3: Leaving Safe Harbours Implementation Processappendix 4: Archbishop Kelly's Address To Permanent Deaconsappendix 5: Participant Information Sheet And Consent Formappendix 6: Survey Sent To All Participants In The Studybibliography