Review: A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium

A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third MillenniumA Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium by Richard R. Gaillardetz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of essays written in homage to Thomas O’Meara OP is a wonderful set of reflections on the challenges facing the understanding of church – which is ecclesiology – at the dawn of the third millennium and fifty years after the great Second Vatican Council. Written by scholars of repute, all of whom have a connection to O’Meara as students or colleagues, these individual essays tackle some of the more significant areas of challenge – Latino/a ecclesiology, feminist ecclesiology, the understanding of power and authority, for example – as well as some of the possible areas from which answers might come – or which, at least, will contribute to a renewal of ecclesiology in the future.

All of the essays draw on reputable sources and academic rigour, yet they are very accessible and engaging. They provide much in the way of grist for the mill of contemporary thought and theological consideration on the nature of church. Although written from a North American perspective, there are sufficient linkages with other expressions of church that would enable this volume to be of considerable interest outside that context.

I highly recommend this book for any student of theology, and for anyone who cares about the future of the church.

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