The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity

The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity

by Michael J. Lacey, Francis Oakley
     
 

The essays in this volume shed new light on the paradox of power in the life and thought of the Catholic Church today, focusing on the tensions between authority asserted and authority observed. It is fairly clear that, while Rome continues to teach as if its authority were unchanged from the days before Vatican II (1962-65), the majority of first-world Catholics

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The essays in this volume shed new light on the paradox of power in the life and thought of the Catholic Church today, focusing on the tensions between authority asserted and authority observed. It is fairly clear that, while Rome continues to teach as if its authority were unchanged from the days before Vatican II (1962-65), the majority of first-world Catholics take a far more independent line, and increasingly understand themselves (rather than the church) as the final arbiters of decision-making, especially on ethical questions. The conflict between "look it up Catholicism" and an evidently increasing selectivity regarding moral teachings among believers defines two distinctive subcultures within contemporary Europe and the U.S. How are the tensions between these two groups to be acknowledged and resolved? This collection of essays explores the historical background and present ecclesial situation, explaining the dramatic shift in attitude on the part of contemporary first-world Catholics. The overall purpose is neither to justify nor to repudiate the authority of the church's hierarchy, but illuminate for the reader some of the complexities and ambiguities of the tradition of belief and behavior the leadership speaks for, and the kinds of limits it confronts - consciously or otherwise.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199778775
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

MJL: Senior Fellow, Lonergan Institute, Boston College FO: Former president of Williams College, former president of the New England Medieval Conference, currently chairman of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Problem of Authority and Limit. Michael J. Lacey

Section One: Historical Background - Contested Pasts
1. History and the Return of the Repressed in Catholic Modernity: The Dilemma Posed by Constance. Francis Oakley
2. Leo's Church and Our Own. Michael J. Lacey
3. Benedict XVI and the Interpretation of Vatican II. Joseph A. Komonchak

Section Two: Theological, Canonistic, and Philosophical Issues - Stubborn Challenges, Emerging Directions.
4. Catholic Tradition and Traditions. Francis A. Sullivan, S.J.
5. Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Law: Canon Law and Its Discontents. John P. Beal
6. A Teaching Church That Learns? Discerning 'Authentic' Teaching in Our Times. Gerard Mannion
7. Moral Theology After Vatican II. Lisa Sowell Cahill
8. Retrieving and Reframing Catholic Casuistry. M. Cathleen Kaveny
9. Magisterial Authority. Charles Taylor

Section Three: Practical Limits - Authority in the Lived Catholicism of American Laity and Clergy.
10. American Catholics and Church Authority. William V. D'Antonio, James D. Davidson, Dean R. Hoge, and Mary Gautier
11. Souls and Bodies: The Birth Control Controversy and The Collapse of Confession. Leslie Woodcock Tentler
12. Assessing the Education of Priests and Lay Ministers: Content and Consequences. Katarina Schuth

Epilogue: The Matter of Unity. Francis Oakley

Appendix: Remarks on Interpreting Vatican II. Pope Benedict XVI

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