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Rome Has Spoken . . .: A Guide to Forgotten…
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Rome Has Spoken . . .: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They…

by Maureen Fiedler

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The subtitle tells it all: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements and How they Have Changed Through the Centuries.
A very academic but interesting volume reviewing various "issues" that seem to have been interpreted and enforced differently over the two centuries of Roman Catholicism. The topics cover the range from evolution to the slavery, from Galileo to usury, and include the current buzz topics of contraception, women's ordination and divorce.
Each topic presents first the scriptural references cited over the years, and progresses with quotes from the early fathers, to Papal pronouncements over the years, to conciliar declarations (if available) and ends with an essay from a noted scholar of today.
Some topics are more interesting than others, but all are well researched, intelligently and objectively presented. A book worth reading for those wanting to know how the Catholic Church got to certain "beliefs" and what might happen in the future. ( )
  tututhefirst | Mar 5, 2010 |
Great overview of the Synods and Councils held throughout the centuries, and their prime utterances. At the end of reading the book, I found hopeful the notion of the Church changing regarding married and female clergy. As with many books, this one enlarged my understanding of Catholicity. In particular, I found various discussions around Vatican II, and Catholic resistance to it, clarifying.
  kaulsu | Jan 1, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0824517741, Paperback)

Will the Roman Catholic Church ever change its position on women's ordination, contraception, clerical celibacy, or even infallibility itself? Is change possible, or are all teachings etched in stone?

For some Catholics, the answer is in the old adage, "Rome has spoken, the case is closed." Yet history tells a different story. When Rome speaks, the debate often heats up. And the case is never closed.

For the first time the documentation of these changes is complied in a single volume. Expert commentators put the changing ideas into historical and theological contexts. Rome Has Spoken ... is a fascinating reference for adult Catholics and for anyone interested in the history of religion.

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Will the Roman Catholic Church ever change its position on women's ordination, contraception, clerical celibacy, or even infallibility itself? Is change possible, or are all teachings etched in stone? For some Catholics, the answer is in the old adage, "Rome has spoken, the case is closed." Yet history tells a different story. When Rome speaks, the debate often heats up. And the case is never closed. For the first time the documentation of these changes is complied in a single volume. Expert commentators put the changing ideas into historical and theological contexts. Rome Has Spoken ... is a fascinating reference for adult Catholics and for anyone interested in the history of religion.

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