Book review: Christ and the Catholic Priesthood

Christ and the Catholic Priesthood:  Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity

by Matthew Levering

I love books that come clean and just give the modern world the finger, taking one of modernity’s demon-figures (e.g., patriarchy, authority, ethnocentrism) and defending it not as a necessary evil but as a positive good.  In this book, Matthew Levering argues that hierarchy in the Church is a good thing.  Even apart from its organizational value, a hierarchical priesthood is a better way of communicating grace than something more egalitarian.  Levering writes from a Catholic perspective, and so some of the structures he defends won’t interest Protestant readers.  However, one of our interests at The Orthosphere is to defend the principle of hierarchy, and Levering provides material for such a defense.

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