The Day Is Now Far Spent
Robert Cardinal Sarah
In Conversation with Nicolas Diat
Robert Cardinal Sarah calls The Day Is Now Far Spent his most important book. He analyzes the spiritual, moral, and political collapse of the Western world and concludes that "the decadence of our time has all the faces of mortal peril."
A cultural identity crisis, he writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western societies. "The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is. Many countries today ignore their own history. This self-suffocation naturally leads to a decadence that opens the path to new, barbaric civilizations."
While making clear the gravity of the present situation, the cardinal demonstrates
that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without hope.
He calls for a renewal of devotion to Christ through prayer and the practice of virtue.
God or Nothing
The Power of Silence
From the Depths of Our Hearts
Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church
Benedict XVI and Robert Cardinal Sarah
The Catholic Church faces a major crisis and the turmoil in priestly ministry is at the heart of it. "The priesthood is going through a dark time," write Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah. "Wounded by the revelation of so many scandals, disconcerted by the constant questioning of
their consecrated celibacy, many priests are tempted by thethought of giving up and
In this book, Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah give their brother priests and the whole Church a message of hope. They honestly address the spiritual challenges
faced by priests today, including struggles of celibacy. They point to deeper conversion
to Jesus Christ as the key to faithful and fruitful priestly ministry and church
From the Depths of Our Hearts is an unprecedented work by the Pope Emeritus and a
Cardinal serving in the Vatican. As bishops, they write "in a spirit of filial obedience"
to Pope Francis, who has said, "I think that celibacy is a gift for the Church …
I don't agree with allowing optional celibacy, no."
Responding to calls for refashioning the priesthood, including proposals from the
Amazonian Synod, two wise, spiritually astute pastors explain the biblical and spiritual
role of the priesthood, celibacy, and genuine priestly ministry. Drawing on Vatican
II, they present priestly celibacy as more than "a mere precept of ecclesiastical
law". They insist that renewal of the Church is bound to a renewed understanding
of priestly vocation as sharing in Jesus' priestly identity as Bridegroom of the
This is a book whose crucial message is for clergy and laity alike.
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