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Prophetic Coalition

Richard A. Schoenherr

Edited by David Yamane

in Goodbye Father

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195082593
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195082591.003.0012
Prophetic Coalition

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This chapter continues the discussion on coalitions in the Catholic Church started in Ch. 10, by describing the progressive or prophetic coalition – a coalition formed by charismatic leaders who draw mainly on hierophanic power. Vignettes are presented of two charismatic Church leaders in America who have attempted steps toward various reforms: Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (who, among other things, advocates relaxation of celibacy for priests) and Bishop Kenneth Untener of Saginaw, Michigan (who has views on birth control, gender equality, and the ordination of women). The last part of the chapter discusses the joining of ranks by other bishops on these issues, the views of Catholic theologians, and those of the lower clergy, religious brothers and sisters, and the laity.

Keywords: Archbishop Rembert Weakland; birth control; Bishop Kenneth Untener; Catholic Church; celibacy; charismatic leaders; coalitions; gender equality; ordination of women; progressive coalitions; reform

Chapter.  9523 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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