What sort of priest is needed for the third millennium? The cultural and ecclesial landscape has changed so dramatically over the past fifty years. There are new and challenging forces at work influencing the direction of culture, and bearing in on the Church. The priest stands at the intersection of these forces as they play out in the lives of Catholics. Now is the time to consider the identity, character, human reality, pastoral orientation and the spiritual life of priests. Author Julian Porteous does just this in After the Heart of God, also considering new signs of hope emerging in the Church in recent times and looking at the way in which the Church itself has responded to some of the challenges that priests have faced.