ON-Lion Letter
In the wake of the clergy abuse scandal of the last decade, many media commentators predicted the "end" of the Catholic priesthood.  Demands for an end to celibacy, coupled with calls for women's ordination, dominated discussions on the effectiveness of the Catholic Church in America.

Renewal:  How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Are Revitalizing the Catholic Church, forthcoming from Encounter Books, argues that rather than a decline of the priesthood and a diminishing influence of the Catholic Church, we are living in a time of transformation and revitalization.  The aging generation of progressives that continues to lobby Church leaders to change Catholic teachings on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, and women's ordination is being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the Church because of the very timelessness of its teachings.

Renewal is by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White.  Hendershott is a distinguished professor public affairs at The King's College and was as a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  White is director of education and programs at The Center for Bioethics and Culture.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation -- which also supports Princeton's James Madison Program.
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