The general understanding of what it means to be male and female is in flux in both academia and in contemporary Western culture. If seminary formators want candidates for the priesthood to have a “positive and stable sense” of their own “masculine identity,” they have work to do in interpreting what genuine masculinity is and then applying that interpretation to clerical formation. Any sound interpretation of masculinity will include an understanding of it as both a gift and a task. It is a gift of being an embodied person in communion with others, but it also a task to love appropriately in the context of these roles. The goal of this book is to facilitate a conversation among seminary staff on the true nature of a masculine priest.
Deacon James Keating, PhD is General Editor of IPF Publications and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St Louis, Missouri.