"What are the implications of Vatican II for the understanding and concrete exercise of doctrinal teaching authority in the Catholic Church?" Teaching with Authority faithfully represents the teaching of Roman Catholicism on the Church's doctrinal authority while highlighting areas where a gap remains between an ecclesiological vision of the Church informed by Vatican II and the popular understanding and concrete exercise of that authority in the life of the Church today. Dr. Gaillardetz shows that Vatican II did not so much produce one new ecclesiology as it recovered a number of ecclesiologies from biblical and patristic sources. Using images like the people of God, body of Christ, temple of the Holy Spirit, and pilgrim Church, along with such concepts as mystery, communion, and sacrament, the council breathed new life into reflection on the nature and mission of the Church. Since Vatican II, much work has been done by ecclesiologists to explore the new directions suggested by the Council. This book contributes to that post-conciliar project by developing a comprehensive theology of doctrinal teaching authority consonant with the ecclesiological vision of Vatican II. Theologians and graduate students of Roman Catholic ecclesiology will benefit from the scholarship behind Teaching with Authority. And, because of its comprehensive yet non-technical treatment of doctrinal authority in the Roman Catholic Church, it's also a useful reference for all in pastoral ministryordained and non-ordained. Teaching with Authority's structure reflects the traditional three-fold distinction among the subject of doctrinal teaching, the object of doctrinal teaching, and the exercise or act of doctrinal teaching. However, the developments of the Second Vatican Council remind us of the importance of a fourth category, the reception of Church teaching by the whole people of God, which this work addresses. Chapters in Part One are: "The Renewal of Ecclesiology at the Second Vatican Council," and "The Teaching Office of the Church." Chapters in Part Two are: "What the Church Teaches: In Service of the Word of God," and "What the Church Teaches: Gradations of Church Doctrine." Chapters in Part Three are: "How the Church Teaches: The Assistance of the Holy Spirit," "How the Church Teaches: The Ordinary Magisterium," and "How the Church Teaches: The Extraordinary Magisterium." Chapters in Part Four are: "Receiving and Responding to the Word: Corporate Reception of Church Teaching," and "Receiving and Responding to the Word: Personal Reception of Church Teaching." Each chapter includes a select bibliography of English language resources aimed at the non-specialist. Dr. Gaillardetz concludes with a brief reflection on the future of the Church's teaching ministry. Richard R. Gaillardetz, PhD, is assistant professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is also the author of Witnesses to the Faith: Community, Infallibility and the Ordinary Magisterium of Bishops and has written articles for Church, Louvain Studies, Horizons, Diakonia, Worship, Eglise et Théologie, and The Journal of Religious Ethics.
What are the major difficulties facing belief in the God of Jesus Christ in our time? How have theologians of our century mediated this faith? How does Scripture witness to meaning and grounds for such belief, and how has this belief fared at critical junctures in Western history? Why do many people of our time still find meaning and grounds for belief in God? How does such belief relate to the human person and community in our time and to our contemporary understanding of knowledge? What revisions of a classical understanding of God are legitimately called for by signs of our time? What are some implications of this belief for life and the nature of religious language? And how does full Trinitarian faith relate to what is supported here? These central issues of contemporary theology are discussed in this volume.
Theologians today take for granted that the principal achievement of the Second Vatican Council was its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium. The central core of this central documentits vision of Church as communionis also being taken for granted. But this vision was hard wonor, rather, recoveredat the Council, and its significance should not be allowed to fade with time or familiarity. The Church: A Spirited Communion emanates from the ecclesiology of Vatican II as a systematic treatment of this vision of communion: graced, prophetic, sacramental, spiritual, and ministerial. It is about a Church in communion with the laity, the hierarchy, and with all the Churches. Since "Church" is God in communion with the faithful, this book is primarily theo-logical and only secondarily ecclesio-logical. It is primarily about the God who is Triune, who calls the Church into existence, and who seeks in every age a people who adhere to "God rather than men" (Acts 5:29).
This lively and wonderful book probes the presence of grace ("Grace is everywhere"), garners the timeless teachings of the New Testament and theologians, and discusses grace in the light of contemporary beliefs and needs.
This unique workno other work yet available in English treats this subjectillustrates the contribution of these Councils in the development and formulation of Christian beliefs. It then shows how their legacies lingered throughout the centuries to inspireor hauntevery generation.