The Silence We Keep
A Nun's View of the Catholic Priest ScandalBook - 2004
In her nearly forty years as a nun, Sister Karol had hardly ever been asked about the priesthood, much less on a daily basis. Now,however, rarely a day goes by that someone doesn't ask what she thinks of the "big priest scandal" and "What do nuns know?"Both subjects top nearly every conversation she has. And both subjects moved her to talk about what is happening in the priest-hood of the Catholic Church.In a voice that is clear, powerful and honest, Sr. Karol confronts the issues so many people now struggle with in both confusionand disbelief. She begins with a detailed account of the priesthood and tackles the issue of celibacy, which many feel is at theheart of the scandal. She reveals that the culture of sexual permissiveness in the priesthood is deeply rooted one, perhaps even asold as the church itself. And contrary to what the Vatican wants the whole world to believe, it is not a problem in the Americanpriesthood exclusively.The Silence We Keep then moves beyond the story of scandal and, in equally compelling prose, Sr. Karol discusses her life's workas a nun. She beautifully conveys the peace and purpose she has found in her vocation and writes movingly about Catholicismand the strength she has derived from it throughout her life.At its conclusion, The Silence We Keep is a passionate call to action for Catholics everywhere. Sr. Karol writes:"There are millions - good nuns and priests among them - who always have and always will protect and preserve the truth likethe Holy Grail it is. It's the faithful who have always held Mother Church together, and it's still the faithful, in and out of theChurch, who hold her together - even more so now when she seems to be falling apart. The priesthood of the people is alreadyleading the way."
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2004.
Branch Call Number: 282 JAC
Characteristics: vii, 209 p. ; 22 cm.