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Frawley-O'Dea, M.G. Goldner, V. (2004). Introduction. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5(1):113-120.

(2004). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 5(1):113-120


Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Ph.D. and Virginia Goldner, Ph.D.

“The priesthood is a strenuous way of life,” writes Episcopalian priest Reverend Anne Richards in the closing essay of our two-issue symposium on the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. “It demands emotional strength; … maturity; tolerance of great ambiguity; relative comfort with a wide range of emotions; patience; the ability to withstand conflict and use it creatively; the ability to lead; and self-acceptance…. [It also requires] the ability to take upon oneself a largely public role while sustaining an interior life that [while] integrated with the public self … is not shared publicly-in other words, [it requires] the ability to learn consciously to hold boundaries. These are constant and life-long challenges for any priest. Undertaken consciously, they can be very fulfilling and freeing.

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