Why priests?: a failed tradition

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Bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic, Garry Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself. But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset? Meticulously researched, persuasively argued, and certain to spark debate, Why Priests? asserts that the anonymous Letter to Hebrews, a late addition to the New Testament canon, helped inject the priesthood into Christianity where it did not exist, along with such concomitants as belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. But Wills does not expect the priesthood to fade entirely away. He just reminds us that Christianity did without it in the time of Peter and Paul with notable success. Wills concludes with a powerful statement of his own beliefs in a book that will appeal to believers and nonbelievers alike and stand for years to come as a towering achievement.
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subject_facet Catholic Church -- Doctrines, Lord's Supper -- Biblical teaching, Lord's Supper -- Catholic Church, Lord's Supper -- Miracles, Lord's Supper -- Real presence, Priests, RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic, RELIGION / Leadership, Religion, Religion / Clergy, Transubstantiation
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title_full Why priests? : a failed tradition / Garry Wills, Why priests? : a failed tradition [electronic resource] / Garry Wills
title_short Why priests? :
title_sub a failed tradition
topic_facet Biblical teaching, Catholic Church, Doctrines, Lord's Supper, Miracles, Priests, Real presence, Religion, Transubstantiation