Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By Garry Wills (Viking, 2013)
One of the church's most noted inside critics, historian Garry Wills, shows no signs of slowing at nearly 80 years old. In fact, his latest thesis in Why Priests? A Failed Tradition is as controversial as he's ever set forth: that the priesthood was a mistaken notion later introduced to Christianity; that it has needlessly separated Catholics from their fellow Christians; and that it has propped up equally wrong doctrines--such as the real presence in the Eucharist and the priesthood of Jesus--that otherwise never would have come into being. Read more.