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James J. Kavanaugh (1928-2009) was a former Catholic priest, known for his controversial 1967 bestseller A MODERN PRIEST LOOKS AT HIS OUTDATED CHURCH calling for reform in the Catholic Church.

James J. He left the priesthood several months after his book's publication, and married that same year in an Episcopalian ceremony. He later wrote other books, including some bestselling books of poetry. The promotional copy on this book jacket states, "They are complete opposites: Ted Santek, a womanizer before taking his vows, an outgoing, earthly priest who has a wonderful way with all people.

James Kavanaugh was ordained and actively ministered for ten years as a Catholic Priest before attending Catholic University in Washington . Working on his second doctoral degree, he wrote an article for the Saturday Evening Post, entitled, "I am a Priest, and I want to marry. The article questioned the practice of celibacy among priests. The year was 1967, the height of the sexual revolution.

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James Kavanaugh (September 17, 1928 – 29 December 2009) was an American Roman Catholic priest, author, and poet best remembered for an iconoclastic call for reform published in 1967. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and ordained in 1954, Kavanaugh served as a parish priest in Lansing and Flint, Michigan before earning a doctorate at the Catholic University of America in Washington, . His 1967 book, A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church, became a national bestseller.

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Two Catholic priests-one a life-long celibate, the other a nonstop dynamo of copulation-struggle with the Vatican's dictates on priestly love-and-sex, from late-1940s seminary days to their late-1960s break from the Church. Ted Santek, a street-kid from Detroit's Polish ghetto, grows up as a brawling, wenching teenager-but after his girlfriend dies in a car accident (near-fatal for him too), Ted finds God and determines to spend his life helping the urban poor.

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Kavanaugh's intimate poetry always finds a home in us, but this volume especially

Steven J. Nash Publishing The Writings of James Kavanaugh. We will get back to you. A Lifetime isn't Long Enough to Spend With You. "Kavanaugh's intimate poetry always finds a home in us, but this volume especially. Between the covers he unites the loving, laughing boy with the man who longs to love.

Two priests--cerebral Gerry Beauvais and lusty ex-football player Ted Santek--who are best friends, find themselves tempted away from their calling when they each fall in love with a woman

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Wire
The book/storyline I would give ten or more stars for, I've lost count of how many times I have read it.

But a used book, what on earth do I expect, I expected to be told no dust cover and has been somewhat water-damaged...regardless this book can be hard to get especially in hardcover, I totally dislike soft-cover although if that is all I can get I will go for that, I do not consider this one worthy of 'good' condition. The mass produced that I have been unfortunate to take a chance with...very disappointing and for me, I feel somewhat insulting for an author of worth, or for any author.

The Celibates is a favorite book for me and one I like to give away and I have given away a few...so after all the old lady- bellyaching I am giving my friend the one in my bookcase which for the age is excellent condition and will keep this one for myself.
TheJonnyTest
James J. Kavanaugh (1928-2009) was a former Catholic priest, known for his controversial 1967 bestseller A MODERN PRIEST LOOKS AT HIS OUTDATED CHURCH calling for reform in the Catholic Church. He left the priesthood several months after his book's publication, and married that same year in an Episcopalian ceremony. He later wrote other books, including some bestselling books of poetry.

The promotional copy on this book jacket states, "They are complete opposites: Ted Santek, a womanizer before taking his vows, an outgoing, earthly priest who has a wonderful way with all people. Gerry Beauvais, a self-educated, shy student, a quiet, theoretical man of ideas, a religious leader bringing hope to the poor people of his parish... Yet each is tempted away from the ministry by the unbearable vows of lifelong celibacy. Santek has met the woman who shows him what mature love can mean. .. Beauvais has also found the one person who fulfills his life. But these men's loves must remain hidden away, sneaking through back doors and strange towns, always worrying about discovery, about treachery, about eternal banishment from their other great love, their Church..."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Rhythm (method of birth control) won't stand up. The Church doesn't change people, people change the Church." (Pg. 60)
"Besides, to leave (the priesthood) would destroy his family and corrode his own future. He was trained for nothing but the priesthood. In reality, he loved being a priest when his loneliness and sexual needs were under control. He could become an Episcopalian. He laughed. Impossible! Angie would never let him leave the priesthood on her account. Would she stay with him? He doubted it. Her Catholic conscience would never permit it. Nor would his. He couldn't lead a double life." (Pg. 141)
"It is hard to describe what a man feels when he has been locked into a religious vocation ever since high school and then suddenly finds release. For years there has been no way out. His very salvation depended on his fidelity to the priesthood. Even if he knew he made a mistake, there was his family, the parishoners, and his own salvation to consider. Even another priest wouldn't really understand. There was no one to talk to, or at least it seemed that way to Ted. Priests didn't even talk honestly among themselves." (Pg. 174)
fr0mTheSkY
Kavanaugh is my favorite POET. His story telling is just as fascinating. The obvious biographical content made this an especially enjoyable book. Felt as if I were learning more about Kavanaugh himself though I must admit I was plugging in my own imagination and allowing it to be Kavanaugh confessing.
The Celibates download epub
Author: james kavanaugh
ISBN: 029778689X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row; Harper and Row edition (1985)
Pages: 336 pages