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My hope for the church : critical encouragement for the 21st century
Häring, Bernhard, 1912-1998.
Uniform Title:
Meine Hoffnung für die Kirche. English
Publication Information:
Liguori, Mo. : Liguori/Triumph, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 143 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Haring's My Hope for the Church offers a gentle but no-holds-barred commentary on the significant issues facing the Church. In this challenging vision of the future, he addresses such concerns as the role of women in the Church, priestly celibacy, the pastoral care of divorced and remarried Catholics, the selection of bishops, and the function of the papacy. He also warns against current tendencies to restore a pre-Vatican II moral Theology wherein the obligations of the law are paramount.

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Booklist Review

In his foreword, dissident American Catholic theologian Charles Curran calls this book the late Haring's "last will and testament for the church." It does indeed pass on to the whole Christian church the substantial inheritance built up by the life and work of one of the twentieth century's greatest moral theologians. The ease with which Haring engages the current pope on a whole range of moral and ecclesial issues--captured most dramatically in his simple request of readers to pray with him that John Paul II will publicly acknowledge that he was wrong in his rigid opposition to the ordination of women and in his attempt to "infallibalize" that opposition--will come as a breath of fresh air to an ecumenical audience that shares his hope for the church in the world. This is the work of an influential theologian rendered accessible to a broad audience. It is a fitting legacy to the ecumenism in which Haring labored faithfully for so many years. --Steven Schroeder

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xv
Part I What's at Stake? New Directions in Moral Theology and Restoration of the Old Orderp. 1
1. My Calling As a Moral Theologianp. 5
2. The Great Turnaround and the Driving Force of the New Directions--A Preeminent Turning to the Word of Godp. 14
3. Turning to a New Audiencep. 20
To Whom Does the Moral Theologian Listen?p. 20
Who Is the Audience for Moral Theologians?p. 22
4. Turning Away From Laws and Commandments to the "Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus"p. 24
Liberated From the Fascination With Imposed Lawsp. 25
The Crucial Point: Less Avoidance of Sin Than Solidarity in Salvationp. 26
What's at Stake? Not Just My Freedom but the Liberation of Everyonep. 27
A Question Always of Both Liberation and Healingp. 27
Free From Paralyzing Fear, Free to Trustp. 28
Free From Hesitancy, Empowered for Franknessp. 29
Free From the Addiction to Centralizing Control, Free for Collegialityp. 30
The Temptation of Centralizationp. 30
A Brotherly and Sisterly Primitive Church As a Modelp. 32
The Appointment of Bishops: A Key Problemp. 32
The Church's Concentration of Power: A Riskp. 33
5. Collegiality and Subsidiarityp. 34
6. From the Ethics of Obedience to the Ethics of Responsibility: A Paradigm Changep. 36
7. The Changeover in Moral Theology and the Crisis of the Sacrament of Penancep. 39
8. Christian Ethics in Ecumenical Dialoguep. 44
The Situation After the Councilp. 46
The Gulf Between Theology and the Hierarchyp. 47
The Ecumenical Explosiveness of the Birth Control Questionp. 48
Indissolubility of Marriage and Pastoral Care for the Divorcedp. 50
9. Continuous Inculturationp. 53
Inculturation in Rome and in the "Latin Church"p. 54
More Than Mere Accommodationp. 55
The Right to Make Mistakesp. 55
Meaning of the Social Sciencesp. 57
Coping With the Present and the Future, Reapraising the Pastp. 57
Inculturation: More Than a Matter for Missionary Churchesp. 58
Inculturation and the History of Moral Theologyp. 59
A Cautionary Examplep. 60
10. Today's Burning Issuesp. 61
An Ethics of Peacep. 62
Worldwide Efforts for Justice in All Its Dimensionsp. 63
What is Happening With Life on Our Planet?p. 64
11. The Turnaround From Moral Individualism to Solidarity in Salvationp. 65
12. Do We Need a Complete List of Binding Dogmas and Moral Commandments?p. 70
13. Christian Morality in a Critical Agep. 75
Letter to Those Standing Far Offp. 76
Challenged by Atheismp. 78
Rewards and Punishment in Morality and Educationp. 80
Citizens of Two Worldsp. 82
The Courageous Right to Have Sincere Doubtsp. 83
But Are There No Controls?p. 85
The Liberating "Nevertheless" of Praisep. 86
Part II The Turnaround Looms on the Horizonp. 89
14. The Power of Public Opinionp. 95
15. Structures and Formative Principles of the Churchp. 105
16. The Future of the Church and the Issues of Womenp. 110
17. Celibacy and the Shortage of Priestsp. 119
Existential Consternationp. 119
The Tragedy of the Pontificate of John Paul IIp. 121
Getting at the Root of the Problemp. 123
Attempts at a Solutionp. 125
Thinking That Does Justice to Historyp. 126
Indispensable Stepsp. 128
Reintegrating Men Who Have Left the Priesthoodp. 130
18. Changes in the Pastoral Care of the Divorcedp. 132
Notesp. 139
Indexp. 141