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How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church?


Eerdmans 2010

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The primacy and infallibility of the Pope have long stood as roadblocks to fellowship between the Roman Catholic Church and other church bodies. Now, however, as many churches strive for greater ecumenical rapprochement and ecclesial unity, scholars from a variety of Christian traditions have been exploring together the possibility that church unity may indeed be well served by the ministry of St. Peter.

How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church? assembles 21 forward-looking essays on the papal office by an assortment of theologians, canonists, ecumenists, ecclesiologists, sociologists, and Scripture experts from diverse backgrounds, including Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Reformed. They examine the conditions under which the papacy might one day be re-received by Christian church bodies worldwide—not as an autocratic monarchy but, rather, as the unifying agency for a diverse yet cohesive universal church.

This book provides a rare glimpse into a high-level discussion that should be appreciated by anyone interested in the future of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.”

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  • “Petrine Ministry in the New Testament and in the Early Patristic Traditions” by John P. Meier
  • “The Petrine Ministry in the Early Patristic Tradition” by Archbishop Roland Minnerath
  • “The Petrine Ministry in the New Testament and in Early Patristic Tradition” by John Reumann
  • “Protestant Reaction to the Post-Reformation Development of Papal Authority” by Günther Gassmann
  • “Historical Development of Forms of Authority and Jurisdiction: The Papal Ministry — an Ecumenical Approach” by Hermann J. Pottmeyer
  • “Did Vatican I Intend to Deny Tradition?” by Hermann J. Pottmeyer
  • “Vatican I and the Development of Doctrine: A Lutheran Perspective” by Michael Root
  • “What Ecclesiology for the Petrine Ministry?” by Joseph A. Komonchak
  • “Papal Ministry in a Communication Ecclesiology: A Search for Some Possible Themes” by Sven-Erik Brodd
  • “The Future Exercise of Papal Ministry in the Light of Ecclesiology: An Orthodox Approach” by Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon
  • “Infallibilitas Papae—Indefectibilitas Ecclesiae: A Systematic and Ecumenical Approach” by Johannes Brosseder
  • “Is Papal Infallibility Compatible with Ecclesial Indefectibility?” by Peder Nørgaard-Højen
  • “Introductory Considerations in the Ecumenical Dialogue on the Petrine Ministry from a Catholic Viewpoint” by Walter Cardinal Kasper
  • “Papal Primacy — a Possible Subject of Lutheran Theology?” by Harding Meyer
  • “Universal Episkop3 and the Papal Ministry: A Critical Overview of Responses to Ut unum sint” by Peter Lüning
  • “Does the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification Have Any Relevance to the Discussion of the Papal Ministry?” by André Birmelé
  • “A Ministry of Unity in the Context of Conciliarity and Synodality” by Eero Huovinen
  • “A Primatial Ministry of Unity in a Conciliar and Synodical Context” by Geoffrey Wainwright
  • “Towards a Common Understanding of Papal Ministry: A Catholic Critical Point of View” by Hervé Legrand, OP
  • “Towards a Common Lutheran/Roman Catholic Understanding of Papal Ministry” by Harding Meyer
  • “How Can the Petrine Ministry Serve the Unity of the Universal Church?” by Jared Wicks, SJ

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About James F. Puglisi

James F. Puglisi is fellow and Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman Professor of Catholic Theology at Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana and director of the Centro Pro Unione in Rome.