A Flock of Shepherds

Byrnes, Timothy A.

porter has to do is read Reese's...

...the role and The National Conference of Catholic As often happens in such cases, accounts influence of the bishops' national staff...
...The American bishops simply cannot be understood withGuest Speakers: out reference to their fundamental loyalMost Reverend Matthew H. Clark, ty to "the bishop of Rome...
...What is the relationship between brings a human subject to life, Reese has the conference and the Vatican...
...porter has to do is read Reese's exhaustive examination...
...A FIELD GUIDE TO BISHOP WATCHING It is all here in vivid, human detail...
...Cultural Pluralism and the CCC Kung attempts here a critical survey of all In the third section, Kung offers future of Jewish history and thought, as well as "possibilities," beginning with "postmod- Workshop Faculty Include an analysis of and major contribution to em" Judaism and what he feels is its un- Douglas Clark, Catherine Dooley, the present historic dialogue between resolved "conflict" between "life" and Robert Friday, Joseph Komonchak, Christians and Jews...
...Jewish-Christian Doctrinal Development great stature enters "disputes" (e.g., Jesus as historical figure The CCC in English Translation a new, albeit relat- and as Messiah...
...Reese's interests are fundamentally on the American hierarchy like A Flock A Workshop for Diocesan Staff, organizational, and I suspect he is content of Shepherds...
...Who are breathed life into the bishops' conference very once in a while, the the major powers in the American hier- through his remarkable attention to deNational Conference of archy...
...the structure and governing princiA FLOCK OF SHEPHERDS and of the reasons for the letter's demise...
...which to show his own theories of creation The volume is divided into three gen- and theodicy...
...and, last of Catholic Bishops...
...The first, the "Past," de- Professor Jonas deserve more thorough scribes Jewish history and literature from treatment than Kung here allows...
...self-criticism" The Bible in Catechesis or to his own, it is of each tradition in the light of the other...
...such matters as Christian guilt for the When a scholar of Holocaust...
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...There is no other book Catholic Church ces...
...The CCC in Ecumenical Perspective an event of significance for both his usual and the ways in which selected modem Liturgical Catechesis followers and those in the field itself...
...the backgrounds and styles of the conference's various leadto make sense of the NCCB's procedures ers...
...269 divisions within the conference, divisions out of which many of the bishops' most controversial actions have been derived, 28: 29 Januarv 1993 Commonweal could have been treated more critical- detract from the book's tremendous value The Catechism of the ly...
...assimilation," symbolized for Kung by Moses Mendelssohn, whose descendants Working Sessions Eugene Fisher & Jack Bemporad converted to Christianity...
...With the publication of the church...
...ular politics...
...Here, he invokes especially Martin James Nash, Peter Phan, Gerard Sloyan As he notes in his introduction, Kung Buber, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Judith Plas- and others...
...Bishops of the bishops' actions raised as many ques- the bishops' participation in national secThomas J. Reese, S.J...
...Zionism...
...Commonweal 29 January 1993: 29...
...tive account of what the bishops' conferThese reservations, however, do not ence is and how it operates...
...In the style of his earlier work Publishers, DRE's and to leave some of these matters of theo- on American archbishops, this is a defini- Catechetical Leaders logical and political dispute to others...
...Bishop of Rochester Sometimes Reese emphasizes factual Prof...
...ples of the conference itself...
...Does it speak "au- but certainly not least, the conference's ETimothy A. Byrnes thoritatively" for the American Catholic finances...
...The second The Doctrinal Authority of Cathechisms major section, the "Present," deals with What's New and What's Old...
...The bishops are very reluctant Saturday, March 27, 1993 to appear in conflict with Rome," he points 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m...
...out in an understatement...
...He devotes about the same Panels Include: amount of attention, for example, to the Women and Ministry fact that leadership positions within the Women and Economic Justice American hierarchy tend to be held by Women in Scripture bishops from the Midwest as he does to The Seamless Garment the crucial international debate over the worth and ecclesiastical significance of naCall Regina Plunkett tional episcopal conferences...
...It hap- of Thomas J. Reese's A Flock of Shep- A couple of sections of the book are parpened again this past fall when the bish- herds: The National Conference of ticularly illuminating...
...Reporters descended a reporter wants to understand what the ual bishops and the national conference...
...write the Department of Religion and ture and history with which he deals...
...Reese also devotes an appropriate amount of attenWomen and the Future of the Church tion to the role the Vatican plays in shaping the style and direction of the American A One Day Conference hierarchy...
...Religious Education, The Catholic Similarly, he states in the same context, After a lengthy political excursus on the University of America, Washington, "for the first time in my books of this Middle East conflict, a discussion already D.C...
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...What exactly is the National Conference between the NCCB and the pope...
...the complex relationship Sheed & Ward, $19.95, 406 pp...
...national episcopal conferences...
...on the bishops' annual meeting and tried NCCB is and how it operates, all that re- He captures the flavor of that relationship by emphasizing the preeminence of the local bishop in an individual diocese while at the same time reproducing a list of fifty-three canons, or church laws, that either cite the role of, or grant authority to, f One in Christ Jesus...
...OPPORTUNITIES MISSED Keynote Speaker...
...For Jewish thinkers have sought to confront the potential for creative insights is great...
...utilizes "paradigm theory" as a means of kow, and Eugene Borowitz, leading up to For information call 202-319-5700 or organizing the enormous body of litera- a discussion of "Paul against the Law...
...The process through which bishops are selected...
...There are, then, using a single lecture given by Hans Jonas of AMERICA methodological innovations in the text that in Tubingen as a virtual foil over against will be of interest to scholars...
...Berard Marthaler, OFM Conv., WarrenBlanding Professor of Religion and Religious Education JUDAISM its ancient "Tribal" and "Kingdom" "The Ecclesial and Theological Context Between Yesterday and Today paradigms to what Kung surprisingly beHans Kung lieves is Judaism's "modem paradigm"- of the Catechism of the Catholic Church" Crossroad, $39.95, 753 pp...
...ed field of endeav- tween Jews and Christians...
...The next time understood relationship between individchurch and society...
...Do the bishops direct their own con- tail and his eye for the role that personCatholic Bishops (NCCB) ference or are they manipulated by ality and human interaction play in the life lands on the front pages of the backroom staffers...
...Reese discusses these conflicts, but he for anyone interested in the American does not always lay out their consequen- Catholic church...
...modernity (Abraham Heschel, Joseph The Homily and Catechesis So it is with anticipation that one ap- Soloveitchik, Abraham Geiger, Louis Formation of Conscience proaches Kung's monumental volume on Jacobs, Zacharias Frankel, and Mordecai Catechesis for Justice and Peace Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations...
...the origins and development of the national conference...
...and "The Future of the People of God...
...length I have taken care to make use of dated by the defeat of the Likud in the 1992 additional teaching aids (such as charts Israeli elections, Kung briefly ponders and graphs...
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...Sidney Callahan, Mercy College detail at the expense of analysis and argument...
...tions as they answered...
...law...
...to make it easier to grasp the Holocaust theology and Jewish and THE composition and conception of this long Christian theology "after Auschwitz," CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY and multi-level book...
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...Both the subject and eral sections...
...0 May 23-26,1993 The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C...
...what caused the split be- Is There a Hierarchy of Truths...
...In one chapter, ops decided to abandon their long awaited Catholic Bishops, questions such as these Reese discusses the complex and often mispastoral letter on the role of women in the should be a thing of the past...

Vol. 120 • January 1993 • No. 2


 
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