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Receptive Ecumenical Learning and Episcopal Accountability Within Contemporary Roman Catholicism—Canonical Considerations

Patrick Connolly

in Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216451
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0020
Receptive Ecumenical Learning and Episcopal Accountability Within Contemporary Roman Catholicism—Canonical Considerations

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This chapter examines the extent and limitations of the resources that exist within the 1983 Code of Canon Law of the Latin Catholic Church for addressing one particular perceived area of weakness in the internal governance of the Roman Catholic Church, namely: episcopal accountability, as this has come under scrutiny in the light of the sexual abuse scandals in the English-speaking world. The ensuing crisis has given these matters a new and compelling relevance as it becomes obvious that such weaknesses have practical implications and significant consequences for the church's credible preaching of the Good News in a sceptical world. The concern here is to explore how in this specific regard the gap that can open up between the high rhetoric of Roman Catholic self-understanding and the actual reality of practice and structure might be narrowed.

Keywords: Roman Catholic Church; episcopal accountability; ecumenical learning; Good News; sexual abuse scandals

Chapter.  5553 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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