You'll hear it in news coverage of the Church scandals"Clerical Culture"but what does it mean? In Clerical Culture: Contradiction and Transformation Michael L. Papesh provides an understanding for todays clerical system and present circumstances. Papesh describes the origin and contemporary formation of the clerical culture as well as eleven major contradictions in which todays clerical culture is trapped. To transcend these crises, Papesh calls for a spiritual approach to cultural transformation (both clerical and popular) through leadership: in holiness, in love, and in justice. Written in an engaging style and complete with raw data and appendices, Clerical Culture provides the knowledge needed to understand todays Church crisis.
Chapters in Part One, Focusing the Issues are: A Personal Story, The Problem, How the Clerical Culture Came to Be, The Clerical Culture: Set for the Ages, and Theological Underpinnings. Chapters in Part Two, The Contradictions are: Priestly Formation, Priest Accountability, A Priests Personal Support System, and Living a Contradictory Life. Chapters in Part Three, Considerations Toward Transformation are: Cultural Transformation, Being Leaders in Holiness, Being Leaders in Love, Being Leaders in Justice, and The Spirit and the Bride Say Come. Also includes Appendix 1: Cleveland Priests Hopes and Concerns Based on Three Areas of Challenge, Appendix 2: Cleveland Priests Large-Group Discussion Task Force Charges, Appendix 3: Summary: The Basic Plan for Ongoing Formation of Priests, Appendix 4: The Organizational Life Cycle: Change Grid, and a Bibliography.
Michael L. Papesh is Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in St. Paul, Minnesota.