The Signified Man by S. M. Hutchens

The Signified Man

Ordination & the Shape of the Pastoral Office

by S. M. Hutchens

Much in the news these days is the story of the crisis among Roman Catholic clergy. One of the most interesting books I have read on the subject is Michael S. Rose’s Good Bye, Good Men, in which he chronicles the nearly complete takeover of the American Catholic seminaries by theological and moral dissidents who have proceeded to drive solid, godly men from the priesthood by every means possible. Although Rose has been criticized for not documenting his sources well enough, he does not need to demonstrate to me that the stories he has gathered are true, for I have seen what he describes first-hand, and don’t need convincing.

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