That All May be One: Hierarchy and Participation in the Church

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Liturgical Press, 1997 - Religion - 355 pages
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Must hierarchy mean dominance, patriarchy, and oppression? Should it be eliminated? Or is there an alternative view of hierarchy? These questions split the Church during the Reformation and are polarizing it today. This book presents a perspective on hierarchy drawn from church history, the natural sciences, and contemporary social models. It argues that the role of hierarchy in the Church is to preserve apostolic teaching and to foster integration, but that domination deforms hierarchy, which should be participatory, integrative, ecumenical, and universal. It concludes that a balanced understanding of hierarchy is critical for ecumenical progress, for the integrity of Roman Catholicism, and for the catholicity of the whole Christian Church.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Hierarchy in the Hebrew Scriptures
23
Hierarchy in the New Testament
39
The Apostles and Their Successors
71
The Early Church
95
Hierarchy and Participation in the Middle Ages
133
The Reformation
171
Catholic Reformation and the PostTridentine Church
201
Vatican I and Vatican II
221
The Mystical Body of Christ
251
The Church as a Society
285
That All May Be One
311
Bibliography
337
Index
351
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