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Short, but concise Aug 5, 2000
William Henn's short, but concise book on the history of the relationship between the pope and the bishops appears to be thorough and balanced. The book is a response to Pope John Paul II's encyclical "Ut unum sint," which called for a discussion of papal supremacy and infallibility. This small volume explores the various church councils that dealt with these issues as well as issues in which the church in Rome was involved. Henn is careful to place conciliar documents in the context of their times. He traces the various emphases of this relationship in such a way that the reader can see the interconnectedness of these positions from one part of the church's history to another. Henn is careful to translate the appropriate Latin phrases for the reader. He also in some cases demonstrates how some Latin words can be nuanced and how that can affect the understanding of the writer's position.
The best thing that can be said of this book is that Henn is able to communicate to the reader how the present understandings of the papal office have developed. One can see it was not always thus. And even the present position may not always be thus. The practice of this office has been influenced by historical events as well as pastoral care. And for the most part, this office is and has been what the faithful allow it to be.