A Secret World is a valuable contribution to the field of Family Therapy. Looks at the history and origins of celibacy, discusses its role in the priesthood, and considers the psychological aspects of celibacy.
Table of Contents
PART I. THE BACKGROUND AND THE CONTEXT I. WHY THIS SUBJECT? APOLOGIA PRO STUDIIS SUIS z. CELIBACY AND THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION 3. THE ORIGINS OF CELIBACY 4. THE MEANINGS OF CELIBACY PART II. THE PRACTICE VERSUS THE PROFESSION, 5. PATTERNS OF HETEROSEXUALITY 6. THE HOMOSEXUALITIES 7. THE MASTURBATIONS 8. PRIESTS AND CHILDREN 9. SEXUAL COMPROMISES 10. THE SEX DRIVE 2. 11. WHEN PRIESTS BECOME FATHERS PART III. THE PROCESS AND THE ATTAINMENT 12. LIVING WITH CELIBACY 13. THE ACHIEVEMENT OF CELIBACY 14. THE FUTURE OF CELIBACY: REALITY AND RITUAL
A. W. RICHARD SIPE, an ordained Roman Catholic Priest, is now retired from the active ministry and lives in Maryland, where he is a psychotherapist in private practice. He also lectures in family therapy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where he has held an appointment since 1972.