Priests and priestly functions existed from the very beginning of the human development. In every age according to the social situations, personal attitudes and need of the time the modalities were changed. With Jesus and with the Christian community of believers the concept of priesthood and priestly life acquired a new turn. As the New Testament presents, it derives that priesthood in the community is the result of relationship between God and the person concerned, it is the result of service with humility, it is shepherding the community even risking himself and his interests and finally it is self-denial even to sacrificing himself. It is a process of denying oneself to keep the relationship between God and man. For this, the unique model is Christ. In the present work, the realization of this process of becoming is well designed basing on the biblical references and the teachings of post Vatican II Popes. This book also gives an overall understanding of the concept of catholic priesthood and its development up to the present time. The book shall be a help for priests, those who are in the process of becoming priests, the people of God in general who wish to have a clear notion of catholic priesthood in relation to Christ the Archpriest and people in general who would like to have an idea of Catholic priesthood.
1. Priestly Ministry from Early Christian Communities to the Second Vatican Council
2. Pope Paul VI and His Main Teachings on Priesthood
3. Pope John Paul II and His Main Teachings on Priesthood
4. Pope Benedict XVI and Discources on Priestly Life
5. Analysis on the Priestly Teachings of Vatican II and Post-Second Vatican Council Popes
i List of Tables
Joseph Oliapurath is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. He has obtained Licentiate in Biblical Theology from Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, Jerusalem and has a doctorate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Institute Teresianum, Rome. At present, he is a resident teacher in the Pontifical Institute Mangalapuzha, Aluva teaching on Spirituality and Priesthood. He also is author of many books and articles.