101 Questions and Answers on the Church

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Paulist Press, 2003 - 154 pages
Touches on every major aspect of the mystery of the Church, its nature, mission, ministries and structures.

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INTRODUCTION
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THE 101 QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES
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If the Church is one how can we speak about many churches?
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What do you mean by the term local church?
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For what purpose does the Church exist at whatever level?
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How do you define the Church?
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The definition you said includes all Christians But how would you define the Catholic Church?
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Do we still speak of the marks of the Church today?
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The reality for most Catholics is that the spirit of a parish is centered in the clergy How does the Church move from a clergy controlled institution to ...
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What virtue do you feel is most important for a professional lay minister in todays Church?
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On what basis is restriction of the priesthood to males justified and at what point in Church history was this dictated?
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What would you say to women who feel that they must leave the Church to be ordained?
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I understand that obligatory celibacy for priests appeared several centuries after the founding of the Church Where does celibacy fitinto the definitio...
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In view of the priestshortage would you address the dailyness the weekJyness or the monthlyness of Eucharist? What Im asking is How frequently do...
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A recent issue of our archdiocesan newspaper reported that presentday seminarians are more conservative and less academic than previous generation...
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When a group of dedicated prayerful women gather share the word remember Jesus break bread and commit themselves to proclaim and witness to h...
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Is the Catholic Church still to be considered as the one true Church of Christ?
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You say that Catholicism is a rich and diverse reality I thought Catholicism is the same all over the world How can it be diverse?
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Was Jesus the founder of the Church?
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Did Jesus ordain the Twelve Apostles at the Last Supper and then instruct them to hand on their apostolic powers to successors?
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Even if as you say Jesus did not regard his community of disciples as a religious movement separate from Judaism didnt the early Church think of its...
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Was Peter the first pope and did he have immediate successors?
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Were there bishops in the early Church?
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How did the early Church organize itself for its mission?
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When did the present system of bishops priests and deacons begin?
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What kind of authority did Jesus give his Apostles and their successors?
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Did the bishops have teaching authority from the beginning?
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What pastoral or ministerial roles did women play in the early Church?
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What are we to make of Pauls negative statements about women in the Church?
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Among the many images of the Church is there any one image that stands out?
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Would you say that conflicts in the Church today are worse than at any other time in history?
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If the universal Church is a communion of local churches how did the local churches keep in touch with one another in the early centuries?
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Ive read somewhere that the socalled Barbarian Invasions had a lot to do with the way the Church developed in the Middle Ages and even today Wh...
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There have been over 260 popes in the history of the Church Why do you say that Gregory VII was one of the most important?
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How has canon law affected the life and practice of the Church?
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We have always heard a lot about bad popes but other than the infamous Alexander VI how many bad popes have there been and what difference do...
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Who were the antipopes?
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I take it that the history of the popes contains a lot of unusual stories Is there any one that stands out from the rest?
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Why did the Greek and Russian Orthodox break away from the Catholic Church?
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Wasnt there a situation back in the Middle Ages when three cardinals claimed to be pope all at the same time? How did this come about and how was ...
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You mentioned conciliarism in reference to the Great Western Schism What is conciliarism?
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In this age of ecumenism has the thinking of the Catholic Church changed regarding the Protestant Reformation?
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How did the Catholic Church respond to the Reformation?
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Most of us are at least generally aware of the Second Vatican Council and of its overall importance in the life of the Church today but we dont hear v...
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Ive heard some Catholics complain thatthere is a new wave of Modernism in the Church today Whats wrong with being modern? Isnt it better to be u...
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What is an ecumenical council and how does its authority differ from the popes?
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You say that there have been twentyone ecumenical councils in the history of the Church and that some are more important than others Where do yo...
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You said earlier that the First Vatican Council was important for its teaching on faith and on the papacy What was the Second Vatican Councils most i...
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You emphasize the councils teaching that the Church is a mystery Obviously youre not using the term in the sense that we speak of a murdermystery ...
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You also stressed the point that the Church is the People of God and not just the hierarchy or the clergy Are you implying that Christ set up the Churc...
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You seem to place great emphasis on the relationship between the Church and the Reign of God I assume that the Reign of God is the same as the Kin...
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You say that the Churchs mission isnt limited to preaching teaching and the sacraments that it includes action on behalf of justice But doesnt this fly i...
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But you seem to be oversimplifying the problem Are you saying that the Church can involve itself in any social economic or political issue without f...
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You use words like communion and college when speaking about the Church Most Catholics I know think of Holy Communion when they hear the ...
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You say that the Church participates in the life of the Trinity and that it is a communion animated by the Holy Spirit But you also say that the Church...
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You say that the laity participate directly in the mission of the Church and not simply as sharers in the mission of the hierarchy and clergy But isnt tha...
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If Jesus didnt establish his Church as a democracy how can we expect its leaders to exercise their Godgiven authority in any except an authoritarian ...
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How can we say that the Body of Christ includes all Christian churches when we know that Christ established only one Church?
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It is one thing to speak of nonCatholic churches as means of salvation because they all believe in Jesus Christ as Redeemer and Savior But how is it p...
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The concept of vocation ministry and community are rooted in the sacrament of Baptism which calls us to participate in the common priesthood of th...
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Will you please say something about the difference between an ordained Protestant minister and a priest who has received the sacrament of Holy Ord...
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What should the place of the Tridentine Mass Rite be in our modern church? Is it a relic?
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Is any one sacrament more important in the life of the Church than others?
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Why do we have to move away from communal penance services since we are a communal Church?
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What does papal infallibility mean and how does it relate to indefectibility?
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How binding or obligatory is the ordinary magisterium of the Church?
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What do you mean by ordinary universal magisterium?
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How does the sensus fldelium relate to the magisterium of the Church?
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Doesnt this notion of sensus fidelium also have something to do with the concept of reception of doctrine?
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We dont hear much any more in our churches about the ecumenical movement and ecumenical celebrations are few What is the present state of the e...
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My son married a Protestant in the Protestant Church and the ceremony was performed by a minister Is my son still allowed to receive the sacraments...
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Could you comment on the goal of the recent effort to bring understanding between Catholics and Jews?
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How do I a woman in ministry in the Catholic Church respond to those menpriestswho simply pay lipservice and yet wont change the sexist language...
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Do you believe if women were up and down the hierarchical ladder the Churchs teaching on abortion would be more nuanced?
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Does Catholic inclusiveness have room for gay and lesbian Christians in your view? Specifically what is your reaction to the Vaticans attitude toward ...
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In your opinion what can be done to bring the spirit of justice and Catholic social teaching generally into the life of the parish at all levels?
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What do you see as a catalyst for the changes you foresee in the Church especially in the areas of social teaching and social justice? I could use a smal...
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I am a lay businessman On the issue of just wages within the Church isnt it the case that the real problem in the Church is our lack of willingness to sh...
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In many gatherings of Catholics Ive been at for lectures and the like the average age of most people seems to be over fifty How do we reach the yout...
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Despite all of my rationalizations Im having trouble communicating with my teenagers on why they should attend and participate in Mass Got any go...
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I am deeply troubled not only by the missing youth mentioned by the previous questioner but also by the minority of men and the presence of very f...
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Most Catholic gatherings at least in the United States are not only white and predominantly female in composition but they also tend to be drawn fro...
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Why is liberation theology perceived as a threat by some in the Church establishment?
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Are Catholic schools the best vehicle for formal education in our faith?
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How can we help parents realize that they are the first and foremost educators of their children?
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As a medical scientist I am deeply concerned about the education of our Churchs hierarchy concerning the moral issues resulting from the rapid adva...
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Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working in our Church today through the rising charismatic church? If so how will this change the Church?
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How can we deal with factions in the Church today?
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How can we bring the extremes of The Wanderer and the National Catholic Reporter crowds together or is there no hope of this?
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Do you think that in the future the Church will welcome back into the community divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the Church?
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How far into the 21st century do you seepredict the rule of celibacy becoming a matter of choke for priests and religious?
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Will future priests still be professional clergy set apart and trained? Or do you think that well ever raise and acclaim regular parishioners who will the...
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How do we realistically say we will remain a eucharistic community with 1 the strong possibility that the ordained priesthood will remain solely male ...
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What can we who work in the parish do to facilitate the change or shift of the Church into the 21st century? What obstacles do you see? What presen...
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What form do you see the Church assuming in the next century from the worship community level to the papacy?
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Do you perceive the future Church you describe as coming about with those who are in power in our hierarchical structure or in spite of them? I see ...
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As a young Catholic woman what can I do to help the church move toward the future? Please give some practical everyday examples I am hungry fo...
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How do you envision the gifts and traditions of others witness styles music meditation preachingbeing incorporated or adapted by the Church of the f...
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Will the future changes in our Church depend on who is selected as the next pope?
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Do you foresee the possibility of the US Catholic Church breaking away from Rome?
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I hear you speaking hopefully about the future of the Catholic Church Do you have times of personal discouragement and if so how do you deal wit...
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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Richard P. McBrien currently serves as the Cowley-O'Brien-Walter professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

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