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Authority Structures in the Catholic Church

What changes are required to bring the exercise of authority in the Catholic Church in line with the requirements of Vatican II? We have put forward some suggestions concerning the following:

Again, by what values should the exercise of authority be inspired in the Catholic church? We suggest the following:

We welcome any contributions to our lines of inquiry, whether in the form of observations, critiques, submission of new material or the suggestion of other topics for research.


  • Democracy in the Christian Church. An Historical, Theological and Political Case, by Luca Badini Confalonieri, Ecclesiological Investigations vol. 16 (London: Continuum/Bloomsbury Academic, 2012), 304pp.
  • “Christ’s Idea of Authority” by John Wijngaards, Amruthavani, Secunderabad India, 1975; Telugu edition as “Srisabhalô Âdikâram”, Secunderabad 1976; USA edition: Christ’s Idea of Authority, 1988.