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Towards a Papacy in Communion: Perspectives from Vatican Councils I & II
Since they seem to require a very centralized conception of the Church and its administration, the decrees of Vatican I are often taken to pose problems both for ecumenical dialogue and for discussion within the Catholic Church. Hermann Pottmeyer, however, shows that the centralist interpretation of Vatican I is neither the binding nor the correct interpretation. He undert ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by The Crossroad Publishing Company
(first published November 25th 1998)
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Hermann Pottmeyer in his book, Towards a Papacy in Communion, begins with the present moment, addressing some fundamental challenges to articulating a truly ecumenical expression of the papal office, including overcoming Catholic and ecumenical presuppositions about the centralized operation of the Petrine ministry. In an effort to provide a systematic historical presentation, Pottmeyer argues that the church has been shaped by two fundamental “paradigms of ecclesial self-consciousness,” namely, ...more