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From Clericalism to Synodality


Over and above the rhetorical indignation that clericalism is deeply harmful to the Catholic Church, we need good theological grounds to counter it. These have been available for centuries, in the neglected belief that every one of the Church’s members has a baptismal birthright to exercise a personal share in the risen Christ’s own ministry as priest, as king and as prophet. In other words, all the baptized are expected to play their part ‘fully, consciously and actively’, not just in the Church’s worship, as the Vatican Council declared, but also in the Church’s governance and management, as well as in its teaching.

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