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Risking the ChurchThe Challenges of Catholic Faith$
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Richard Lennan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199271461.001.0001

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The Overmuch and Unfamiliar

The Overmuch and Unfamiliar

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Risking the Church

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In the light of the book's analysis of both the challenges facing the embrace of ecclesial faith and the resources of that faith, this chapter endeavours to express the possibilities for the church in the present. Of particular interest is the capacity of the church to undertake ‘inculturation’ in contemporary culture without the loss of its specific identity. In order to establish that point, the chapter returns to ‘tradition’ with a view to establishing that tradition, grounded as it is in the Holy Spirit, is able to develop, to be about change as well as preservation; tradition, then, can be a stimulus to creativity. The specific examples of possibilities for change that the chapter examines are ministry in the church and the role of women in the church. Concludes with an attempt to nominate the factors – pre‐eminent among which is openness to the Spirit – that might enable the communion of the church not only to develop alternatives to ‘the peril’, but also make more inviting the risk of ecclesial faith.

Keywords:   creativity, feminism, inculturation, ministry, openness, tradition

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