From the Depths of Our Hearts

From the Depths of Our Hearts, a hardback book on Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church is an upcoming book set to be released in February of this year. The book is co-authored by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age), and Cardinal Robert Sarah (Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments). It addresses the current state of the Holy Catholic Church, the Priesthood, and a hard and honest look at where to go from here. Below is the description of the book, as written by its publishers. You may pre-order it here.

Product Code: FDOHH Format: Hardback ISBN/UPC: 9781621644149   Pages: 140 Pre-Order Availability: Next Release Date: February 2020 Publication date: February 20, 2020 Weight: 8.1 oz  

The Catholic Church faces a major crisis and the turmoil in priestly ministry is at the heart of it. “The priesthood is going through a dark time,” write Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah. “Wounded by the revelation of so many scandals, disconcerted by the constant questioning of their consecrated celibacy, many priests are tempted by the thought of giving up and abandoning everything.”

In this book, Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah give their brother priests and the whole Church a message of hope. They honestly address the spiritual challenges faced by priests today, including struggles of celibacy. They point to deeper conversion to Jesus Christ as the key to faithful and fruitful priestly ministry and church reform. 

From the Depths of Our Hearts is an unprecedented work by the Pope Emeritus and a Cardinal serving in the Vatican. As bishops, they write “in a spirit of filial obedience” to Pope Francis, who has said, “I think that celibacy is a gift for the Church … I don’t agree with allowing optional celibacy, no.” 

Responding to calls for refashioning the priesthood, including proposals from the Amazonian Synod, two wise, spiritually astute pastors explain the biblical and spiritual role of the priesthood, celibacy, and genuine priestly ministry. Drawing on Vatican II, they present priestly celibacy as more than “a mere precept of ecclesiastical law”. They insist that renewal of the Church is bound to a renewed understanding of priestly vocation as sharing in Jesus’ priestly identity as Bridegroom of the Church. 

This is a book whose crucial message is for clergy and laity alike. 


  • An unprecedented book coauthored by a former Pope
  • Looks seriously and unflinchingly at the crisis in the Catholic Church
  • A forthright discussion of priestly celibacy and its role in the Catholic Church
  • A book for clergy and laity alike concerned about the Catholic Church