Some notable Catholic priests, as of 2016, are Gustavo Gutierrez, Augustus Tolton and Benedict J. Groeschel. While Gutierrez and Tolton are known for their leadership in poverty and social justice issues, Groeschel is a controversial figure for his position on child sexual-abuse by priests.
Gutierrez is a leader in liberation theology and the author of "Theology of Liberation." Gutierrez teaches his social justice theories of liberation through a number of professorships at universities throughout North and Latin America. He calls on Christians to live in solidarity with the poor.
Tolton was an African-American priest who escaped slavery. Tolton received a Catholic education in Quincy, Illinois. After all American seminaries rejected Tolton because of his race, Catholic leadership arranged for Tolton to study in Rome. After completing his education in the priesthood, Catholic leadership sent Tolton back to Quincy to lead the church. Tolton went on to lead a church on Chicago's south side that became a large congregation. He died during a heat wave.
Groeschel is controversial in that he denounced media reporting on priest sexual abuse. He believed the media wanted to destroy the church. He also drew harsh criticism for suggesting that child victims play a part in attracting the abuse.