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The Reform of the Papacy (Ut Unum Sint) [Hardcover]

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Pages   189
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 1999
Publisher   Herder & Herder
ISBN  0824518268  
EAN  9780824518264  

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Pope John Paul II has opened the question as to how the papacy can be reformed so as to be more suitable to the new ecumenical situation of the Church. In response to this call, Archbishop John Quinn points out that doctrinal dialogues are not enough. The hope of Christian unity cannot rest solely on the hope of doctrinal convergence. There must also be reforms within the Catholic Church, reform s of the way the papal office is exercised and reform particularly of the Roman Curia and of curial policies and procedures. Following the direction set by John Paul II in the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint Archbishop Quinn looks to the structures and practices of the first millennium Church as an important key to these reforms.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Now retired, Archbishop John R. Quinn served as archbishop of Oklahoma City and San Francisco, and has been president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has taught at Santa Clara University, the University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco. .

John R. Quinn currently resides in the state of New Jersey. John R. Quinn was born in 1921.

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Protestantizing Catholicism  Jul 31, 2001
The American Church is on the verge of schism because of the likes of Quinn. They have been influenced so much by the surrounding Protestant culture that they want to assimilate the Catholic Church to it. It would be a disaster not only for the Catholic Church but for the whole world if the oldest institution in Western civilization (and it has survived because of centralization, more, because of monarchic absolutism) were to be ruled by a Board of Supervisors. Thank God that His Holiness John Paul II is not buying into it. "Art. 1 1. Il Sommo Pontefice, Sovrano dello Stato della Città del Vaticano, ha la pienezza dei poteri legislativo, esecutivo e giudiziario....La presente Legge fondamentale sostituisce integralmente la Legge fondamentale della Città del Vaticano, 7 giugno 1929, n. I. Parimenti sono abrogate tutte le norme vigenti nello Stato in contrasto con la presente Legge.

Essa entrerà in vigore il 22 febbraio 2001, Festa della Cattedra di San Pietro Apostolo.

Comandiamo che l'originale della presente Legge, munito del sigillo dello Stato, sia depositato nell'Archivio delle Leggi dello Stato della Città del Vaticano, e che il testo corrispondente sia pubblicato nel Supplemento degli Acta Apostolicae Sedis mandando a chiunque spetti di osservarla e di farla osservare.

Data dal Nostro Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano il ventisei novembre duemila, Solennità di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo, Re dell'Universo, anno XXIII del Nostro Pontificato.


BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Jul 4, 2001



A Careful, Considerate, Courageous and Much Needed Critique  Feb 6, 2001
Acknowledging that the way the papacy currently functions is an obstacle to Christian unity, John Paul II in 1995 invited suggestions for change, and John Quinn took him at his word. Quinn, former Archbishop of San Francisco, is a man who knows whereof he speaks and a man deeply concerned for the welfare of the Catholic Church. He points out in nuanced and respectful terms that the centralizing of power in the Church, the lack of subsidiarity in the appointment of bishops and in many other things, and the aggrandizement (and ordination) of the Roman Curia and college of cardinals - all changeable aspects of the way the papacy functions -- have undermined the exercise of real collegiality in church synods and national conferences, and deprived the local churches and bishops of rightful authority and power. Other Christian groups have no incentive to unite to such a church. Drawing on history and the ideas of Vatican II, Quinn makes suggestions pointing the way to a much needed reform, and not just for the sake of ecumenism. This is recommended reading for thoughtful Christians of all persuasions.
Just right for starting a discussion...  Jan 29, 2001
A group of ten women from our parish met recently to discuss this book. We were surprised that it hasn't attracted banner headlines. We found it to be a prophetic book, and disturbing, in the way good prayer is disturbing. It described not only the problem we have with the hierarchical structure of the church at the top but at the bottom, too. The problems that exist between bishops and the pope, exist between priests and their bishop, and most especially, between lay folk and their pastor.

We took his advice to heart - " How does the Pope propose to pursue the search for unity? At the outset, he mentions four things: the centrality of the cross, reflection, prayer and conversion. There must be honest reflection on past differences, the purification of memories, mutual forgiveness, and honest, clear and calm vision of the present divisions."(p.17)

This book was a wonderful place to begin a small group discussion in a parish.

Some of us thought that Archbishop Quinn might have mentioned the primacy of conscience, and so strengthened his argument, but, as he says, " I have rarely given a talk...without someone pointing out that I failed to speak about something of great concern to them."

We closed our discussion with the promise to pass this book on, to keep this reflection going, out of love for our church.

Taking the Holy Father at his word  Oct 30, 2000
This book, like Archbishop Quinn's lecture at Oxford the previous year is an attempt to answer a call for advice given by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical "Ut Unum Sint." The charge that Quinn is somehow disaffected and rebellious simply does not wash. This book is a detailed historical study of various aspects of papal governance. Acting on the principle "Ecclesia semper reformanda" Quinn advocates changes in areas of church administration where change is truly required and NO doctrinal barriers exist for effecting such change. The outcome of such change, in my view, would be a purer and more effecacious proclamation of the Gospel, not a diminishment of the Catholic Church.

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