Scholar Priests of the Twentieth-Century

Downside Abbey Press releases a collection of essays exploring the work of eleven priests whose ministry was that of the printed word.

Pope St John Paul II reminded all priests of the need for on-going formation, both pastoral and intellectual; his belief was that pastoral activity needed grounding in assiduous study. With an output that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, the work of the ‘Scholar Priests’ is considered relevant to the Church today.

The book explores the work of both religious and secular priests, whose studies ranged across fields as diverse as biblical studies, liturgy, philosophy, history, theology and spirituality, including: Cardinal Gasquet OSB, George Tyrell SJ, Bernard Ward, Adrian Fortescue, John Hungerford Pollen SJ, Herbert Thurston SJ, Ronald Knox, Philip Hughes, David Knowles OSB, Christopher Butler OSB, and Frederick Copleston SJ.

Edited by Fr John Broadley and Fr Peter Phillips, the book includes contributions by Oliver Rafferty, Stewart Foster, Nicholas Paxton, Thomas McCoog, Dom Aidan Bellenger, Nicholas Schofield, Terry Tastard, Simon Johnson, and Michael Walsh.

The book will be released on Thursday 19th May and is available for purchase on the Downside Bookshop priced at £35.00.

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