Autonomy & Obedience in the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church has been experiencing decline since the 1960s, when the Encyclical on birth control was a trigger event. However, the biggest problem is the failure of the Magisterium to build on the recommendations of Vatican II - that...
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The Catholic Church has been experiencing decline since the 1960s, when the Encyclical on birth control was a trigger event. However, the biggest problem is the failure of the Magisterium to build on the recommendations of Vatican II - that the Church should convert from totalitarian authority to an authority of leadership, community and communication.;Quentin de la Bedoyere contends that the principle that the Catholic must follow his or her own conscience, rather than the dictates of the Church, is documented from Aquinas onwards, and that this is beneficial in retaining the loyalty of the faithful. He discusses the autonomy of the individual, and describes the relationship between the law of love and the tenets of the moral law.Having described the growth of the individual as a moral person, he goes on to examine how the Church can operate effectively by fully harnessing the autonomy of its members at different hierarchical levels. Credible leadership achieves greater influence, loyalty and commitment. This kind of reform can be done without any loss to the Church's authority - without such reform, control will increase and the numbers of the faithful continue to decline. The book should appeal to the lay reader as well as the professional. Although the author argues for a personalist approach to morals and obedience, his aim is to show that autonomy is consistent with loyalty to the Church. This book has been written for those who desire autonomy without distancing themselves from the Church.
The noticeable decline in membership of the Catholic Church has continued since the 1960s when the encyclical on birth control acted as a trigger to many adherents. The author argues that unless the church allows its members more autonomy the decline could accelerate.
The Catholic Church has been experiencing decline since the 1960s, when the Encyclical on birth control was a trigger. Quentin de la Bedoyere argues that the Church has failed to convert from totalitarian authority to leadership, community, and communication, and that Catholics should follow their own conscience, rather than the Church. He contends that this principle has been well-documented, from Aquinas onwards. He goes on to examine how the Church can regain credible leadership by harnessing the individuality of its members. Only this reform, he argues, will halt the decline of the Church without any loss of authority. This is a book for anyone interested in how individual authority can be consistent with loyality to the Church.
de la Bedoyere writes regularly for the Catholic Herald.
- Introduction; 1. The Troubled Church; 2. The Sovereignty Of Conscience; 3. The Integration Of Love And Law; 4. Becoming What We Ought To Be; 5. Fallible And Infallible; 6. The Process Of Conscience Formation; 7. The Church And Modern Management; 8. The Communion Of The Church; Appendix: A Look At Dissent In Action Select Bibliography Index