Deacons Today: New Wine & New Wineskins
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Deacons Today: New Wine & New Wineskins  -     By: Anthony Gooley

Deacons Today: New Wine & New Wineskins

Coventry Press / 2019 / Paperback

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Title: Deacons Today: New Wine & New Wineskins
By: Anthony Gooley
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Coventry Press
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.70 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0648566153
ISBN-13: 9780648566151
Stock No: WW566151

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When the Second Vatican Council approved the restoration of the permanent diaconate, there seemed to be broad agreement about the nature of this function within the hierarchy of the Church.

Deacons Today Challenges this assumption, arguing that such a restoration will only be effective if there is a deeper understanding of the nature of diaconate in the witness of the New Testament and the history and tradition of the ministry in the earliest centuries of the church's life.

Anthony Gooley - deacon and theologian - says that efforts at restoration, based on inadequate appreciations of the nature of diaconate, are like pouring new wine into old skins. He asserts that if we want to see this ministry flourish for the good of the Church and the proclamation of the Gospel (as the Council intended), we need to pour the wine into new wineskins. He argues that we have wasted the new wine because the dominant ideas about deacons are based on false foundations. We have either attempted to pour it into the wineskins of a servant of charity or social work - inherited from a mistaken identification of the deacon word group with those for charity and care; or we have poured it into the wineskins of transitional deacons and parish ministry as a kind of 'half-priest'.

Only by fashioning new wineskins - based on an understanding of the true profile of the deacon words, as well as a deeper encounter with the theology of ministry and Holy Orders - will we recover and build upon a clear understanding of the motives and intentions of the Council in restoring the permanent ministry of deacons.

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