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By What Authority? Revised and Expanded Edition

Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church

By What Authority? Revised and Expanded Edition

Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church

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Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814687888
Published: 28/02/2018

Few topics are as important, or as controversial, as the proper role and exercise of authority in the Roman Catholic Church. Inspired by Pope Francis's bold rereading and determined implementation of the teaching of Vatican II, Richard Gaillardetz has completely revised and expanded his book By What Authority? It offers a helpful introduction to the nature and forms of church authority and their relationship to authentic Christian belief and discipleship. Gaillardetz offers theologically clear and pastorally insightful considerations of: *the character of divine revelation, the authority of Scripture and tradition *the role of the pope and bishops in preserving the Christian faith *the levels of church teaching authority, the central faith witness of all the baptized *the possibility of disagreements with church teaching, and the proper relationship between theologians, the magisterium, and *the whole people of God *the authority of the believing community and the controversial questions that arise when there are conflicting interpretations of church teaching.

Richard Gaillardetz

"Of special merit is the Disputed Questions feature that challenges us to wrestle with matters not yet firmly settled. These Disputed Questions invite readers and classroom students into the creative process of discernment, learning, and teaching that must involve all members of the church at every level and in every place." -- Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, Professor of History, Kean University "Richard Gaillardetz is the premiere authority on the multiple voices of ecclesial authority. He writes with clarity and grace. His new book with three additional chapters is an expanded version of one published 15 years ago, updated in light of Pope Francis's efforts to reclaim Vatican II's vision. It will be a basic text on authority for graduate students, seminarians, and pastoral ministers." -- Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University "This new and expanded edition of Richard R. Gaillardetz's invaluable primer By What Authority? displays his characteristic thoroughness and nuanced approach to questions of the interpretation of dogma and doctrine. In particular, Gaillardetz's inclusion of disputed questions in each chapter retrieves ancient Christian methodologies that model constructive dialogue for our increasingly polarized world. Ecclesiologists, historians, and theologians in general will all benefit (as will their students) from this magisterial work." -- Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Manhattan College

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