Some are calling the synod on synodality “the greatest consultation effort in human history” and for good reason. It is no small task to listen to the world’s 1.36 billion Catholics, especially when many Catholics have felt marginalized or unwelcome. Taking a cue from this ongoing synodal process, the experts gathered for Reforming the Church: Global Perspectives place the broader issues relating to church reform in their historical context, while exploring themes that have ongoing relevance to the universal church. Topics include ecclesial transfiguration and the episcopacy, clerical sex abuse, globalization of the church, and the theology of synodality. A number of chapters address issues of more local, or culturally-specific, significance, in this way mirroring the results of synodal consultations conducted worldwide.
What emerges is a reflection on the theme of reform within the church: what it has meant in the past, what it means for us now, and what it might mean in the future.
Declan Marmion is professor of systematic theology at St. Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland, and a former dean of the theology faculty. In 2019 he published (with Salvador Ryan and Michael Mullaney) Models of Priestly Formation: Assessing the Past, Reflecting on the Present and Imagining the Future with Liturgical Press. He is the editor of Irish Theological Quarterly.
Salvador Ryan is professor of ecclesiastical history at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland, and has published widely on various aspects of the history of popular belief from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In 2019 he published (with Declan Marmion and Michael Mullaney) Models of Priestly Formation: Assessing the Past, Reflecting on the Present and Imagining the Future with Liturgical Press. He is the reviews editor of Irish Theological Quarterly and a member of the editorial advisory board for British Catholic History.