Donald Cozzens

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Rev. Donald Cozzens (May 17, 1939) is an American Roman Catholic priest, author and lecturer. He is a former president-rector and professor of pastoral theology at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, Ohio.

In his writings, he tackles the themes of priestly celibacy, homosexuality and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.[1][2][3]


  • The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest, 1997
  • The Changing Face of the Priesthood, 2000
  • Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church, 2002
  • Faith That Dares to Speak, 2004
  • Freeing Celibacy, 2006


  1. ^ "How to build a healthier church: An interview with Donald B. Cozzens".
  2. ^ "Gadfly priest challenges mandatory celibacy in new book -".
  3. ^ "Familiar themes of a wounded church take fictional form". 29 April 2015.