The Ghosts of Conciliarisms Past

Posted September 11, 2017 11:03 pm by Dr. Adam DeVille

There are certain books that are easily forgotten, and there are others that are impossible to forget. In this latter category is Francis Oakley’s 2003 book The Conciliarist Tradition: Constitutionalism in the Catholic Church 1300-1870. Given that the problems of papal and conciliar or synodal authority are very alive and well in both Orthodoxy and Catholicism at the present moment, this is a book that will not go away–nor should it.For those of us who work, as I do, in the areas of the papacy, ecclesiology, and ecumenism, it is a book whose treatment of conciliarism systematically dismantles all the easy

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