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dc.contributor.authorShields, Thomas Josephen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-22T12:48:05Z
dc.date.available2018-05-22T12:48:05Z
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/30752
dc.description.abstracten
dc.description.abstractFrom a conversation between selected authors and documents from the Roman Catholic Magisterium, this thesis suggests that the presbyter is one who is given by God to be an assurance of faith to the church.en
dc.description.abstractIn the first part of the thesis, under the headings of 'Assurance', 'Authenticity' and 'Authority', the author reflects on the image of the ordained priest as leader of the community and considers the questions raised in the recent debate as to the identity of the ordained as acting in the person of Christ and in the person of the church. Also considered is the identity of the ordained as emerging from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church especially in relation to the document 'Pastores Dabo Vobis' of John Paul II. The definition of the office of presbyter as distinct from that of bishop is also explored in relationship to the parish and the local bishop. In the second part of the thesis, under the title of 'Gift and Return', the author examines some recent theology which underlines the sacraments as encounters between God and humanity, and show how they are participations in the life of God. Recent theological work concerning the postmodern challenge to an understanding of how God and the human are mutually present to one another is also reviewed. The third and final part of the thesis draws the first two parts together, with reference to assurance, authenticity, and authority but this time in connection with the three offices of priest, prophet, and pastor.en
dc.description.abstractThe conclusion of this thesis is that the presbyter's identity is founded in his being the gift of assurance in the realm of the ordinary. This is a preferred model to other images used to describe the presbyter, such as shepherd and steward.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.ispartofAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2018 Block 19en
dc.relation.isreferencedbyAlready catalogueden
dc.titleThe gift of assurance: the presbyter in modern Roman Catholic theologyen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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