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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic LearningExploring a Way for Contemporary Ecumenism$
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Paul Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.001.0001

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Receptive Ecumenical Learning and Episcopal Accountability Within Contemporary Roman Catholicism—Canonical Considerations

Receptive Ecumenical Learning and Episcopal Accountability Within Contemporary Roman Catholicism—Canonical Considerations

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Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning
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Patrick Connolly

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216451.003.0020

This chapter examines the extent and limitations of the resources that exist within the 1983 Code of Canon Law of the Latin Catholic Church for addressing one particular perceived area of weakness in the internal governance of the Roman Catholic Church, namely: episcopal accountability, as this has come under scrutiny in the light of the sexual abuse scandals in the English-speaking world. The ensuing crisis has given these matters a new and compelling relevance as it becomes obvious that such weaknesses have practical implications and significant consequences for the church's credible preaching of the Good News in a sceptical world. The concern here is to explore how in this specific regard the gap that can open up between the high rhetoric of Roman Catholic self-understanding and the actual reality of practice and structure might be narrowed.

Keywords:   Roman Catholic Church, episcopal accountability, ecumenical learning, Good News, sexual abuse scandals

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