DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEED PRIESTS?
A New Testament Scrutiny
Martin Ebner, born 1956, is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Exegesis (Universities of Münster and Bonn).
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
The abolition of celibacy and the introduction of women's priesthood are the subject of intense debate in the Catholic Church.
However, one crucial but fundamental question is rarely asked: Does the Church need priests at all?
Martin Ebner looks for answers to this question in the New Testament.
He comes to the conclusion that there is no evidence of a priesthood as we know it.
Instead, an understanding of the community unhampered by hierarchies and power structures shows, which could point the way to a real new start for the church along the spirit of Jesus.