This work confronts the Catholic Church's need to be ecumenically sensitive and open to acculturation. The primary argument is that the Holy Spirit perennially illuminates reforms that give life to the Church, such as affirming the baptismal dignity of the laity and affording the laity their rightful voice in the Church's decision-making processes. Tkacik's and McGonigle's visions regarding the future of the Catholic Church require that the ministerial and hierarchical leaders, as well as laity, embrace new models of leadership and shared governance within the Church and with other Christian Traditions. This work's devotion to passionate calls for reforms are offered within the light of the Catholic Church's past and are an inspiring challenge to the Church to empty herself of mentalities, customs and practices that no longer give life to the faithful.
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Meet the Author
Michael J. Tkacik is Director of the Pastoral Studies Program and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Leo University. Thomas C. McGonigle, O.P. is Director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies and Associate Professor of History at Providence College.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Baptismal Dignity of the People of God Chapter 3 The Eucharist, the Laity, and the Church's Apostolate of Justice Chapter 4 Ministry and Mission of Service of the People of God Chapter 5 The Bishop of Rome as the Servant of the Servants of God unto Unity in Diversity Chapter 6 Authority as Service unto Unity in Diversity