Cozzens explores priestly celibacy as source of power and burden of obligation, as spiritual calling and gift of the Spirit. Putting mandatory celibacy in historic perspective, he examines the ancient and contemporary experience of married clergy in the Eastern churches and the Roman rite church. Cozzens affirms celibacy as a charism, a gift that is true for some, but only when received as a grace.
Donald Cozzens, Ph.D., a priest and writer, is author of two award-winning and bestselling books, The Changing Face of the Priesthood and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church, both published by Liturgical Press. He is writer-in-residence at John Carroll University where he teaches in the religious studies department.