Authority is exercised in many ways and forms in the Catholic Church today. By What Authority? offers a helpful introduction to the forms of Church authority that are concerned with authentic Christian belief. Gaillardetz (Gă lăr dēē) explains what it means to say that the Bible is inspired, how Scripture and tradition are related to one another, the role of the Pope and bishops in preserving the Christian faith, the levels of Church teaching authority, how to deal with disagreements with Church teaching, the distinctive role of the theologians, and the contribution of all the baptized in the formation of Church teaching. This book introduces readers to a basic understanding of the nature and exercise of authority in the Catholic Church as understood within the Vision of the Church offered by the Second Vatican Council. The chapters conclude by outlining disputed issues regarding the topic of that chapter and a select list of opportunities for further reading.
Chapters in Part One: The Authority of Scripture and Tradition are What Does It Mean to Say the Bible is Inspired?" *What Is the Canon of the Bible? - and *What Is the Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition? - Chapters in Part Two: The Authority of Church Teaching and the Church's Teaching Office are *How Do We Understand the Magisterium Today? - *How Do the Pope and Bishops Exercise Their Teaching Authority? - and *What Is Dogma and Doctrine? - Chapters in Part Three: The Authority of the Believer and the Believing Community are *What Is the Sense of the Faithful? - *Is There a Place for Disagreement in the Catholic Church? - and *What Is the Proper Relationship Between the Magisterium and Theologians?
|Publisher:||Liturgical Press, The|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Richard R. Gaillardetz holds the Joseph Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited twelve books, including An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism and Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II (co-authored with Catherine Clifford), both published by Liturgical Press. He is also a contributor to Give Us This Day. Gaillardetz has been a delegate on the US Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue and served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America between 2013 and 2014.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Vatican II's Theology of Revelation||1|
|Part 1||The Authority of Scripture and Tradition|
|1||What Does It Mean to Say the Bible Is Inspired?||15|
|2||What Is the Canon of the Bible?||29|
|3||What Is the Relationship between Scripture and Tradition?||41|
|Part 2||The Authority of the Church's Teaching Office|
|4||How Do We Understand the Magisterium Today?||57|
|5||How Do the Pope and Bishops Exercise Their Teaching Authority?||74|
|6||What Is Dogma and Doctrine?||90|
|Part 3||The Authority of the Believing Community|
|7||What Is the Sense of the Faithful?||107|
|8||Is There a Place for Disagreement in the Catholic Church?||121|
|9||What Is the Proper Relationship between the Magisterium and Theologians?||134|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I studied this book in the seminary and found it to be a balanced and easy book to follow. It is a good introduction to how the Catholic Church understands itself. It also points the reader to other books and authors of interest.