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Common Calling: The Laity and Governance of the Catholic Church [Paperback]

By Stephen J. Pope (Editor)
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"Theologians, historians, Scripture scholars, and canon lawyers draw on the Church's own rich tradition to remind bishops and lay people alike that we can do better. The means are at hand for a system of governance that draws on early Christian practices as well as the tested methods of modern organizations. This is an important effort to set things right. Read it."QMargaret O'Brien Steinfels, author of "American Catholics and Civil Engagement"

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The sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has been exacerbated in the minds of many by the dismal response of church leadership. Uncovered along with the abuse of power were decisions that were not only made in secrecy, but which also magnified the powerlessness of the people of the church to have any say in its governance. Accordingly, many have left the church, many have withheld funding -- others have vowed to work for change, as witnessed by the phenomenal growth of Voice of the Faithful. "Common Calling" is indeed a call -- for change, for inclusion, and a place at the table for the laity when it comes to the governance of the church.

By first providing compelling historical precedents of the roles and status of the laity as it functioned during the first millennium, "Common Calling" compares and contrasts those to the place of the laity today. It is this crossroad -- between the past and the possible future of the Catholic Church -- where the distinguished contributors to this volume gather in the hope and expectation of change. They examine the distinction between laity and clergy in regard to the power of church governance, and explore the theological interpretation of clergy-laity relations and governance in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. They look at how church officials interpret the role of the laity today and address the weaknesses in that model. Finally, they speak clearly in outlining the ways governance may be improved, and how -- by emphasizing dialogue, participation, gender equality, and loyalty -- the role of the laity can be enhanced.

Speaking as active believers and academic specialists, all of the contributors assert that the church must evolve in the 21st century. They represent a variety of disciplines, including systematic theology, sacramental theology, canon law, political science, moral theology, pastoral theology, and management. The book also includes an essay by James Post, cofounder of the Catholic lay movement Voice of the Faithful, the organization that was in part responsible for the resignation of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law. "Common Calling" looks to a future of transparency in the Catholic Church that, with an invested laity, will help to prevent any further abuse -- especially the abuse of power.

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Common Calling: The Laity and Governance of the Catholic Church by Stephen J. Pope has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Commonweal - 03/11/2005 page 34
  • Univ PR Books for Public Libry - 01/01/2005 page 6

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Georgetown University Press
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 2004
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
Age  22
ISBN  1589010272  
ISBN13  9781589010277  

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More About Stephen J. Pope

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen J. Pope is a professor in the theology department of Boston College. He is the author of several books, including "The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love" and "Human Evolution and Christian Ethics."

Stephen J. Pope currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Stephen J. Pope was born in 1955 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston College, Massachusetts.

Stephen J. Pope has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Moral Traditions and Moral Arguments (Paperback)
  2. New Studies in Christian Ethics

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