I have been a Roman Catholic priest for 32 years. The last five years, for obvious reasons, have been very painful ones for all of who believe in the Church and in the Priesthood. Far beneath the shameful details of scandals and cover-ups lies a deeper problem: the very soul of the priesthood has been compromised. In this timeless classic, first published in 1963, Archbishop Fulton Sheen presents what is, in my humble opinion, the 'piece de resistence' of his whole life: a profound understanding of the Catholic Priesthood, grounded in the Scriptures, as a sharing in the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ, who is both Priest and Victim. This understanding filled Fulton Sheen's own priestly life.
The implications of this challenging understanding of the Priesthood are the seeds of a genuine renewal of the Priesthood in our time--so sorely needed--and transcend the issues that divide us and distract us from what is of the essence: we priests are not our own. We belong to the Priest and Victim whose life and priesthood we share! This book is a treasure!