The Parish Priest With Casework Training: A Questionnaire Study and Case Analysis of the Pastoral Value of Professional Casework Training, 1958
The Catholic Church, in its essential task of carrying on the Divine mission and work of Christ, uses many instruments and employs a great variety of means. To achieve its purpose, the Church marshalls among its tools some realities, such as grace, which are supernatural. Others of the means which the Church employs are of the natural order. All the factors called into play by the Church, however, whether it be the liturgy, the sacramental life, or the very organizational set-up of the Church - the dioceses and parishes, institutions and agencies, all serve the one primary purpose which is the continuing and carrying on of the work and mission of Christ. That work might be described, in one sense, as the work of helping men find happiness - that true and ultimate happiness in total fulfillment of human needs which is achieved in ultimate union with God. "In God alone", writes Aquinas, "does the ultimate happiness of man consist."
Ryan, Gerald John, "The Parish Priest With Casework Training: A Questionnaire Study and Case Analysis of the Pastoral Value of Professional Casework Training, 1958" (1958). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557777.