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Authority as Charm

Andrew Greeley and Paul Wink

in The Catholic Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238176
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520238176.003.0014
Authority as Charm

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This chapter proposes that the problem of authority experienced in the Church is not in relation to the authority wielded by the Vatican but that wielded by the local parish. The local parish being the only remaining ground for the Church objectively to wield influence over the lives of people, via practices of the local Church, specifically, baptism, confirmation, First Communion, and matrimony are often subjected to an array of Church induced difficulties, resulting in more irritation than grace. This chapter ponders on the alternatives that could possibly change such a dismal state of affairs and usher in more indoctrination. It proposes essentially that divinity be projected more as inviting than regulating, that the Church emphasize more on beautifying its authority than striving to enhance its regulatory prowess. Such an approach is impeded by an ecclesiastical perspective that views this beautification as an option rather than essence.

Keywords: authority; Vatican; local parish; First Communion; grace

Chapter.  3127 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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