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                            Contents
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1 Catholic Faith: How We Relate to God and Church
2 The Theologian’s Task: Fides quaerens intellectum
3 Orthodoxy: Fidelity to the Spirit’s Leading
4 Polarization in the Church: Quest for Power
5 Facing the Sex-abuse Crisis: Call for a Council of the Church
6 Practice of Faith, Expressed in Word and Sacrament
7 Commitment to the Work of Reconciliation and Peace
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63

CHAPTER 4

Polarization in the Church:
Quest for Power

The faith questions we face in the contemporary Catholic

Church, here in America and elsewhere, have brought out

an ugly side of our characters: an inclination to classify other

Catholics as the enemy, disloyal to the faith. It all reminds us

of the way we Catholics and the Protestants used to treat one

another, for the four centuries before we got to Vatican Council

II, as merely contemptible pretenders to Christianity. We got

over that, but appear to have transferred it now to Catholics

who think differently than ourselves.

DELEGITIMIZING ONE ANOTHER

I‘ve been calling this a kind of guerrilla warfare within the

Church. We need only look to the efforts, in many dioceses, to

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INDEX

149

Pius XII, Pope 35–6
polytheism 21–2, 66–9
Praesupponendum (Ignatian)

48–51, 68, 132
Presbyterorum Ordinis 91
priests, see clergy
Profession of Faith 35
Protestant faith

attitudes to Catholicism 45–6
church governance in 114
and Eucharist 61, 120
and fundamentalism 70
and justifi cation 59
liturgy of 104–5
in Northern Ireland confl ict

131
Scriptural scholarship in 34
and sola scriptura 37

Puritanism 90

Ratzinger, Josef, see Benedict XVI,
Pope

reason 29–30, 33, 59, 94, 102
reception 55–6
reconciliation 5, 26, 34, 46, 69, 71,

81, 87, 132, 142–4
reductionism 71, 107, 116, 139
Reformation 7, 36–7, 86, 101,

104–5, 112, 115–16, 140
Reid, Father Alex 130–1
religion

in confl icts 138–41
political imposition of 70

sacraments 33, 103, 105–8, 110,
113–14, 116, 120

Scripture
accounts of Eucharist in 60
language of 39, 41, 58
literal approach to 36, 70
and nature of authority 93
reconciliation in 143
theological approach to 34
and Tradition 32, 36–8, 42, 57

Second Vatican Council
and church governance 98
context of 86
defi nition of Church 10
and ecumenism 26, 63, 101–3,

115, 119
and Modernism 35–6
and relations with other faiths

136
and sexuality 91–2

secularization 9
September 11 2001 122–4
Sermon on the Mount 93
sexual abuse crisis

and authority of clergy 9, 27, 86
and polarization inside Church

4, 63–4, 85
responses to 86–7
worldwide nature of 99

sexual orientation 73–4
sexual revolution 89
sexuality

Catholic Church views on 4–5,
89–91, 99

debate within Christianity on 7
slavery 79
South Africa 97, 123, 129, 131
Spence, Gusty 131

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INDEX

150

Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius
Loyola 48–9, 132

Spiritus Paraclitus 36
storytelling 132–5
suicide, assisted 72
Syllabus Condemning the Errors of the

Modernists 34n

Talabani, Jalal 135
terrorism 122–3
theology

in Anselm 30
attitudes to 25–6
in Augustine 28
and Church hierarchy 33–4
essential question of 26–7, 32,

41–2, 57
and faith 31
hierarchy of sources 39
and orthodoxy 43

Third Lateran Council 60–1
Tisha B’Av 81
torture 77
Tradition, as source of revelation

32, 36–8, 42
traditionalists 39
transubstantiation 60–1
Trinity 29, 55
Twomey, Louis 79

ubuntu 97
United States

black civil rights struggle in 134

Catholicism in 1, 81
Civil War in 79
cruelty in culture of 141
and Israel–Palestine confl ict

135
law in 96–7
marriage in 53
politics of 75–6
relations with Rome 87
sexual abuse crisis in 86–7
and terrorism 122–4

Ut Unum Sint 119–20

validity, of sacraments 106–10,
116–17

Victor I, Pope 111
violence 69, 126, 128, 133, 138,

141–2
vocations 82–3
Voice of the Faithful 95
Voice of the People 64

war
holy 14–15
just 126, 140
nuclear 122
and politics of life 72, 77

wedge issues 3, 71–2, 74, 78, 80
Wesley, John 104
women 11, 19, 32, 76, 79–80, 92,

129

Yugoslavia, former 133, 136, 140

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