Fr. Thomas Reese has observed that American Catholic dioceses are simultaneously mysterious and essential to the institutional health and vitality of American Catholicism. In recent years, as American Catholicism increasingly finds itself embroiled in scandal and conflict, this mysteriousness has given way to feelings of suspicion, frustration, and even contempt. How can American dioceses navigate this complex and often hostile social, cultural, and political environment?
Several decades ago, J. Michael Sproule invited rhetorical and communication scholars to focus on institutions to increase our understanding of the profound role complex organizations play in contemporary life, assess the purpose and significance of communication in pursuit of their missions, and “give a human face to the otherwise institutional voice of corporate suasion.” Following Sproule, this book defines a new field called diocesan institutional rhetoric that strives to transform dioceses from structures characterized by closure and adversity into sites of hope-full, response-able, Spirit-led opportunity.
Today, rhetorical and communication issues emerge everywhere in American Catholicism. Drawing together relevant literature in Catholic theology, philosophy of communication, and corporate communication scholarshipas well as over twelve years’ experience working as a communication professional in a diocesan chancerythis book helps diocesan leaders, scholars, and observers to think differently and more fruitfully about the future of American Catholic ecclesial leadership.
|Publisher:||Fairleigh Dickinson University Press|
|Series:||Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Communication Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Craig T. Maier is assistant professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Rhetoric in the Catholic Church by Paul A. Soukup, S.J.
Introduction: The American Diocese in “Dark Times”
Part I: The Call of a Catholic Moment
Chapter One: The Rhetorical Challenge of Ecclesial Leadership
Chapter Two: Framing Diocesan Institutional Rhetoric
Chapter Three: The Corporate Historical Responsibility of Ecclesial Leadership
Part II: The Response of Ecclesial Leadership
Chapter Four: The Historicity of a Catholic Moment
Chapter Five: Chapter Five: Diocesan Institutional Rhetoric and Administrative Play
Chapter Six: The Joy of Ecclesial Leadership
Conclusion: Diocesan Institutional Rhetoric and the Culture of Encounter
About the Author