“Being banished from the clerical state has given me a new perspective regarding the institutional church,” he says. “It has given me a keen nose for sniffing out abuses of power. Secular power has insinuated itself into the hierarchy and clergy."
Fairfield Glade, TN (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
In Reflections of a Christian Pilgrim (published by AuthorHouse) Girard J. Etzkorn shares his experiences from childhood to the priesthood to laity.
Spanning the second half of the 20th century, Etzkorn’s reflections illustrate his progression from adolescence to maturity. Separated into three sections, the book begins with reflections from his youth, parochial school and his ordination. Part II involves his married life after being laicized. Part III focuses on the years of his retirement. In each section, Etzkorn reflects on a variety of biblical and philosophical concepts. He also includes biographical information to place the story in context.
“The book is an invitation to readers to reflect on the meaning of life,” Etzkorn says. “The reflections are directed to readers who are not satisfied with the status quo in academia, government and religion and to those who are opposed to the abuse of power, fanaticism and violence in all its forms.”
Throughout his life, Etzkorn has spoken out about perceived injustices and abuses of power in the Catholic Church and other institutions. In this book he finally shares his unique perspective on these ideas and experiences.
“Being banished from the clerical state has given me a new perspective regarding the institutional church,” he says. “It has given me a keen nose for sniffing out abuses of power. Secular power has insinuated itself into the hierarchy and clergy. The effect of this has often been to obfuscate the Gospel message, a message which mandates its leaders to be servants and not lords, helpers rather than ‘control freaks.’”
About the Author
Girard J. Etzkorn attended parochial school through grade and high school. He went on to study at the University of Dayton from 1944 to 1946. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1947 including a tour in Japan. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1949, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and theology. In 1956 he was ordained a priest. Etzkorn went on to obtain a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Louvain in 1961, and he taught philosophy to Franciscan seminarians and later served as a professor of philosophy at Quincy College in Illinois. He left the clergy to marry his wife, Linda, in 1971. They have three children. The remainder of his academic career was spent as a research professor at St. Bonaventure University’s Franciscan Institute. He retired in 1995, and he lives with his wife in Tennessee. He has edited and co-edited 20 books, mostly written by Franciscan philosopher-theologians from the 13th and 14th centuries. He has also published 45 scholarly articles and translated two books written by French philosopher Michel Henry. Reflections of a Christian Pilgrim is his latest book.
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