Thursday, May 01, 2008


More from me at the Wardman Wire e-zine on Papal authority and human rights (01 May 08). Whether the overbearing, centralist and often impersonal form of power wielded by many of those who now run the Holy See is 'traditional' (as Matt's standfirst suggests) depends, of course, on which bits of the tradition are being read by whom, to what ends. I'd argue that a very different kind of approach is warranted by the shape, form and style of the company Jesus gathered in his movement to free people from the type of religion and politics that claims a monopoly of divine grace, truth, justice and wisdom.

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