The Priesthood, Mystery of Faith
Priestly Ministry in the Magisterium of John Paul II
Leal de Sá has sought in the diversity of the letters of Holy Thursday the major points of the thought of John Paul II on this important topic. The first chapter dwells on the sources of his teaching and emphasizes his use of the Word of God, Tradition, and the conciliar Magisterium. These foundations are the basis of the second chapter, which highlights the priestly identity in the life of the Church. Finally, the third chapter elucidates the specific mission of the priest.
The Priesthood, Mystery of Faith presents itself as a real and stimulating synthesis of John Paul II's thought about the ministerial priesthood in a systematic way. It renews us in the appreciation of the inestimable gift that God makes to the whole Church through the sacrament of the Holy Orders.
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"A welcome contribution. Many authors have systematized John Paul's theology of the body, but there is so much more to his thought much of which has not received sufficient attention. John Paul's writings on the priesthood are copious and arguably deserve as much attention as his anthropology. I am happy to see in this brief volume a deep introduction to some of the most important themes in John Paul's understanding of the priesthood."—Christian Raab, OSB, author of Understanding the Religious Priesthood (CUA Press)
"The thoughts of the Saint Pope John Paul II about the priestly ministry, which were expressed in the letters to priests written every Holy Thursday during his long pontificate, remain an invaluable treasure for the Church. Thanks to Father Nilson Leal de Sá, CB; in his book he invites us to return to this treasure by highlighting many essential points of the priestly ministry. His work is a wonderful contribution to the purification and renewal of the priesthood, which is so necessary today."—Father Jacques Philippe, author of Priestly Fatherhood: Treasure in Earthen Vessels
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