The best-selling author uncovers the profound spiritual riches buried beneath a church rocked by scandal and doubt.
In this, his most prophetic and personal book, Father Donald Cozzens calls attention to a vast “underground” church whose heart is beating for change and renewal. This church is “a pilgrim people who believe that the Holy Spirit is loose in the world and whose rumors of wisdom might be found in any of God’s people as well as in their ordained leaders.”
As Cozzens writes, this is “a church that wants to be simply adult—a church not of children or adolescents hesitant to think and reflect on the lessons of human experience. . . . A church closer to the spirit of Yves Congar and Teilhard de Chardin, to Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa, a church in step with the spirit of the gospel.”
Sure to be widely debated and discussed, Notes from the Underground is a cry of the heart from a priest who loves his church and has a radical vision, grounded in tradition, for opening its doors to healing grace—before it is too late.
Former rector of St. Mary’s Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in the archdiocese of Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Cozzens is currently writer in residence at John Carroll University where he teaches in the religious studies department. Author of two award-winning books, Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2001) and The Changing Face of the Priesthood (Liturgical Press, 2000) he has appeared on “Meet the Press” and has been interviewed on “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered,” The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC radio and television, and CNN.