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Andrew Greeley

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238176

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238176.001.0001

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Authority as Charm

Authority as Charm

(p.168) Thirteen Authority as Charm
The Catholic Revolution

Andrew Greeley

Paul Wink

University of California Press

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

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