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Diocesan Dispositions and Parish Voices in the Roman Catholic Church

Diocesan Dispositions and Parish Voices in the Roman Catholic Church

Author: Noel Timms

This study of aspects of authority and governance at diocesan and parish level originated in the encouragement by those attending the first Queen’s Authority & Governance conference at Astley Bank, Darwen to pursue the experience of Catholics at parish grass roots and the diocesan and parochial use of human and material resources. Who disposes of the latter, and what cords and discords can be heard in the voices of parish priests and ‘their’ parishioners?

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 23.5x17x1.2
ISBN: 978-1898366690
Category: Rejoice

 
£ 5.95
 

“A STUDY OF AUTHORITY AND GOVERNANCE AT DIOCESAN AND PARISH LEVEL…”

This study of aspects of authority and governance at diocesan and parish level originated in the encouragement by those attending the first Queen’s Authority & Governance conference at Astley Bank, Darwen to pursue the experience of Catholics at parish grass roots and the diocesan and parochial use of human and material resources. Who disposes of the latter, and what cords and discords can be heard in the voices of parish priests and ‘their’ parishioners?

Six dioceses in England, Scotland and Wales collaborated in preparing a series of diocesan and parish case studies. These examined now bishops, with their advisors and key personnel. endeavor to make the best use of the scarce human and financial resources available to them in addressing issues of pastoral strategy, organisation, and communication. They also explore the reality at parish level. A hundred senior diocesan personnel. including six bishops, and three hundred and fifty parish respondents, including twelve parish clergy, were interviewed.

There are two sections to the study, the first being concerned primarily with matters at the diocesan level while the second concentrates on the parishes involved. Under the editorship of Professor Noel Timms, the contributions from two theologians, a sociologist an accountant and an organisation specialist are designed to circle and to cross the central issues of the use of human and material resources, the place of leadership, whether lay or clerical, and the work of organisational forms as people seek goals within and ‘outside’ Church.

The Authority and Governance Project was established in 1996 at the Queen’s Ecumenical Foundation for Theological Education, Birmingham, the initiative is concerned with the nature, exercise and experience of authority and the practice of government in the Roman Catholic Church. The aims are to assist the Church address the complex problems of authority, governance, relationships and participation in contemporary Britain and, where appropriate, adapt pastoral policy and practice. These include a desire to distinguish the authority that is a baptismal right and responsibility from that which follows from orders and office in the Church. Implications for the lay baptismal vocation are a particular concern.

Diocesan Dispositions and Parish Voices in the Roman Catholic Church is part of the Queen’s Ecumenical series of books, which also includes A Painful Process and You Aren’t One of The Boys.

Weight    0.400 kg
Dimensions    235 × 170 × 12 mm
 



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