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Gary Wills, bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic, spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself. But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?

Meticulously researched, persuasively argued, and certain to spark debate, Why Priests? asserts that the anonymous Letter to Hebrews, a late addition to the New Testament canon, helped inject the priesthood into a Christianity where it did not exist, along with such concomitants as belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. But Wills does not expect the priesthood to fade entirely away. He just reminds us that Christianity did without it in the time of Peter and Paul with notable success.

Wills concludes with a powerful statement of his own beliefs in a book that will appeal to believers and nonbelievers alike and stand for years to come as a towering achievement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wills draws on his expertise in classical languages and his wide reading in ecclesiastical history to argue that the Catholic/Orthodox priesthood has been one long mistake.”

    Washington Post

  • Why Priests? should be required of all seminarians.”

    National Catholic Reporter

  • “Pulitzer Prize–winner Wills, a venerable voice on church history, thought, and practice, provides a stunning critique of the Roman Catholic priesthood.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Clearly a thought-provoker destined to inspire debate.”

    Library Journal

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