LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH by Walter Cardinal Kasper ($24.95)*

CRS: 0-8245-1977-9

A sense of urgency pervades the Catholic Church. On questions as diverse as the nature of ordination, the role of deacons, the priestly and episcopal offices, and the objectives of canon law, as well as the relations between universal and local churches and the progress of ecumenism, there is a widespread conviction that the Church has arrived at a crossroad in its great history.

At such a time, Walter Cardinal Kasper offers a much-needed voice. Best known to English readers for his brilliant theological monographs, such as The God of Jesus Christ, and his valued role in the dialogue with other Christian churches and with the Jewish coinrnunity, Cardinal Kasper has helped enrich the conversation about the nature of the Catholic Church and its place in the world today.

In Leadership in the Church, Kasper writes on a variety of the most. pressing questions facing leadership within the Catholic Church today and its faithful pursuit of service to the Christian community. On each point, he reminds us of the resources available from the tradition, indicates the pressing nature of the current debate, and proclaims the authentically Christian hope for the future.

About the Author:

Walter Cardinal Kasper is an accomplished theologian and writer. As professor at the University of Tubingen, he has authored many books and articles, and directed the latest edition of the Lexikon fuer Theologie und Kirche (The Encyclopedia of Theology and Church). As bishop of the German diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, he became a trusted pastor and able facilitator of controversial conversations within the church.

Widely respected for his work in Christian ecumenical relations, Kasper was chosen in 1979 as one of a dozen Catholic theologians to sit on the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission, one of the most comprehensive theological forums in Christianity. ln 1994, he was named co-chairman of the Lutheran Commission of Unity and five years later Pope John Paul II called him to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity - first as secretary and in 2001 as president, succeeding the retiring Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy. Shortly thereafter, the Pope created him a member of the College of' Cardinals. As president of the council, Kasper is also the President for the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews.

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