The Other Side of the Altar
Paul E. Dinter
Farrar, Straus \& Giroux, $23, 240 pp.
In times of crisis, effective leaders understand the urgent need for honesty and candor, for the kind of truth telling that allows for healthy, creative responses. They steel themselves to hear truths and face realities they may well prefer to avoid. Often the urgency of the crisis overrides the instinctive denial of realities too painful to face and voices too disturbing to hear. It is one of the graces of crisis that truth telling...
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The Reverend Donald Cozzens teaches religious studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest’s Crisis of Soul (Liturgical Press) and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church (Liturgical Press).