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Leadership in the Church
examines traditional leadership roles within the Catholic Church, arguing for their contemporary viability and efficacy. Cardinal Kasper treats such topics as:
- The Diaconate
- Priestly Office
- Episcopal Office
- The Apostolic Succession
- Canon Law
- The Universal Church and the Local Church
- Ecumenical Perspectives on the Future
With his vast knowledge of Christian tradition, Kasper insightfully probes the historical understanding of Church leadership and finds its teachings applicable to the present day Christian community.
This is a timely and profound look at the enduring meaning of church office, and the guidance it is called to provide to the church in light of a changed world and a changing future. Includes essays on how the church offices arose, how they are defined, and how they relate to one another. Major themes include: the universal vs. local church, the ministry of the bishop, priest and deacon, apostolic succession and the practical application of canonical norms.