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The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood


Emmaus Road 2005

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In The Unchanging Heart of the Priesthood: A Faith Perspective on the Reality and Mystery of Priesthood in the Church, Father Thomas Acklin presents an apologetic for that which is immutable—that which cannot change since it is found in the unchanging heart of Christ. Father Acklin refutes modern misconceptions and false understandings of the priesthood, while uncovering the beauty, strength, and hope that is found in God’s plan. This book will encourage the heart of every priest and help the laity to understand and appreciate the reality and mystery of the priesthood in the Church.

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This volume is part of the Catholic Church and Ecclesiology Collection.

Key Features

  • Refutes misconceptions about the priesthood
  • Examines the nature of priesthood in God’s plan
  • Written by a priest and scholar of psychoanalysis


  • The Unchanging Heart beneath the Changing Face
  • The Servant Heart of the Priest
  • The Human Heart in the Divine Plan
  • The Afflicted Priestly Heart: Sexual Misconduct and Homosexuality
  • The Unchanging Priestly Heart: Celibacy and Intimacy
  • The Ever-Expanding Priestly Heart: Priestly Spirituality and Renewal

Praise for the Print Edition

Father Acklin dispels many of the great clouds of confusion that have gathered about the priesthood. And he does this in the most effective way: by revisiting the biblical foundations of Holy Orders, in both the Old and New Testaments.

Scott Hahn, professor of theology and Scripture, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Father Acklin’s timely analysis of the challenges to authentic priestly life and ministry is reflective of the great insights of Pope John Paul II. . . . A true understanding and appreciation of the unchanging heart of the priesthood will attract priestly vocations, help priestly renewal, and ultimately invigorate the Church.

—Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Immensely helpful to anyone trying to contextualize the abuse scandals within the Church, while at the same time holding a profound love and reverence for the priesthood.

—Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, STD, rector, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

Fr. Acklin makes his own statement—clear and solid—about ordained, ministerial priesthood. Any change in the face of the priesthood, however responsive it may seem to contemporary challenges, must be legitimated by a rooting in a clear appreciation of the unchanging heart of the priesthood.

—Fr. George Aschenbrenner, SJ, cofounder, Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University

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About Thomas Acklin

Thomas Acklin, a Benedictine monk, first professed vows in 1976 at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest in 1980 and studied theology and psychology of religion at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he earned the STD (doctorate of sacred theology). He undertook psychoanalytic training at the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis and graduated from the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. Father Acklin then served as master of junior-professed monks for four years and as president-rector of Saint Vincent Seminary for 12 years. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Society and Foundation, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He is certified in the psychoanalysis of adults by the International Board of Accreditation and Certification in psychoanalysis and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Currently, Father Acklin is professor of theology and psychology at Saint Vincent College and Saint Vincent Seminary, where he has taught since 1982, and is a faculty member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute and Foundation.