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THEO 7630 Authority in Church (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar will consider the nature, scope, limits and structures of the exercise of power and authority in the church. We will consider the topic from theological, historical and cultural perspectives. Particular topics to be considered include: the relationship between the magisterium and moral theology, the magisterium and theologians, the role of the papacy, structures of collegiality and synodality and the distinctive authority of the sensus fidelium. While attentive to ecumenical contexts and contributions, the seminar will focus on the exercise of authority in the Roman Catholic tradition. This will be conducted as a doctoral seminar. Masters level students who have already taken a graduate course in ecclesiology may request permission to enroll from the professor.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Richard Gaillardetz

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 03-Nov-14