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TMST 7159 Power and Authority in the Church (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

The people of God are empowered by the Holy Spirit to participate in the church’s mission in the world. When that power is legitimate and trustworthy it yields authentic exercises of authority in service of Christian freedom. Sadly, there are too many instances in the church when power is abused and the authority proper to followers of Jesus becomes authoritarian. This course will explore the nature, scope, limits and structures of authority in the church. We will consider, in particular, the authority of the magisterium (pope and bishops), the sense of the faithful, and theologians.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Richard Gaillardetz

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This STM 3-credit summer course will meet June 27 - July 14 (Monday-Thursday) from 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Class will not meet on July 4.


Last Updated: 12-Jan-16