Tested in Every Way
Tested in Every Way

Tested in Every Way

The Catholic Priesthood in Today's Church


192 Pages, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: January 2007

ISBN 9780824524272

Price: $16.95


In recent years, the Catholic priesthood in the United States has suffered numerous trials, from ever-diminishing numbers to the humiliations of the clerical sexual-abuse crisis. And, yet, by virtually every statistical measure, Catholic priests remain among the happiest of men. In Tested in Every Way, Christopher Ruddy examines this paradox, drawing on the insights of the "Priest in the Church" conference convened by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Ruddy moves beyond the cultural and theological impasses that paralyze the church and its mission to give us a vision of the priesthood that is both honest and hopeful.


“Tested in Every Way brings together a wide variety of voices on the state of the contemporary priesthood. Christopher Ruddy works a small miracle in gathering disparate viewpoints, weighing the hard facts, and connecting it all with Scripture and church tradition, to provide a remarkably engaging study of the Catholic priest today. This new study is essential reading.”  —James Martin, S.J., author, My Life with the Saints