Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent - Revised 2nd Edition


Pages: 392

Binding: Paperback

Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent - Revised 2nd Edition

By: Richard R. Gaillardetz
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Theology in Global Perspective Series

Foreword by Peter Phan

"It is a rare and unexpected pleasure to find that the Church is finally beginning to address the ecclesiological problems Gaillardetz identified and explored years ago. This revised edition is inspired by the changes in the air, showing in a lengthy new final chapter how the work of Pope Francis is directed towards building the more global Church that the first edition wished to see come to pass. Good for the pope, and good for Gaillardetz!" - Paul Lakeland, Emeritus Professor, Fairfield University

"In Ecclesiology for a Global Church, Gaillardetz achieves a satisfying balance between the traditional by situating ecclesiology in its historical contexts, and the fresh, through re-imagining the traditional marks of the church in terms of communion (one), baptismal discipleship (holy), mission (catholic), and communal memory (apostolic), and the global, through references to Latin American, Oceana, Africa, and Asia. While the original material remains relevant, the revised edition contains a new concluding chapter illustrating how Pope Francis has implemented these re-imagined marks of the church during his pontificate. A very valuable classroom resource, indeed."-Susan K. Wood, Regis College, Toronto

"In 2008, Richard Gaillardetz' Ecclesiology for a Global Church was a breakthrough in ecclesiology, a fresh and profound theology that recognized both the radical missionary nature of the church and its new global reality rooted in its local identity. This new edition, with its brilliant new concluding chapter, confirms the book's original vision and brings it up to date in the context of "the Francis moment" in the church's history."-Stephen Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

"Grounded in decades of research, teaching, and writing, Richard Gaillardetz has gifted us here with the fruit of a lifetime of faithful Catholic scholarship. His work on a Catholic ecclesiology for a world-church has been remarkably prescient of the global, pastoral vision of Pope Francis. I enthusiastically recommend this revised edition, especially with its new final chapter." - Ormond Rush (Australian Catholic University)

He has added a new preface and conclusion to this edition, which relates the themes of this volume to the ecclesiological developments under Pope Francis

Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz was the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the current chair of the BC Theology department.  Dr. Gaillardetz previously taught at the University of Toledo from 2001 to 2011 as the Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo and at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston from 1991 to 2001. He received a BA in Humanities from the University of Texas, an MA in Biblical Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and both an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology. He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited thirteen books.


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