• Vimal Tirimanna Alfonsiana, Rome
Keywords: Clericalism, Ecclesial Authority, Ecclesiology of Vatican II, People of God, Pope Francis


Having made the essential distinctions between an authentic clerical culture and clericalism on the one hand, and between authentic ecclesial leadership (authority) and clericalism on the other hand, this article endeavours to point out how clericalism—which has diffused itself into all spheres of contemporary ecclesial life—has even distorted the indispensable ecclesial element of authority. Under five sub-titles, the article highlights five major contemporary contributing factors that invariably provide breeding grounds for clericalism in the Church. Thus, it concludes that ecclesial authority needs to be liberated from the clutches of ever-increasing trends of clericalism in the Church by returning to the ecclesiology of Vatican II.

Author Biography

Vimal Tirimanna, Alfonsiana, Rome

Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR teaches moral theology at the Pontifical Accademia Alfonsiana, Urbaniana and the Beda College in Rome, and at the National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka in Kandy, Sri Lanka. From 1997 to 2012, he was the theological representative of the Sri Lankan bishops at the Office of Theological Concerns (OTC) of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and from 2002 to 2012 he served as its Executive Secretary. In 2011, he was appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to be in the Catholic delegation to the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) of which he is still a member.


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How to Cite
Tirimanna, V. (2021). THE CHALLENGE OF LIBERATING LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY FROM CLERICALISM. Asian Horizons, 15(1), 70-90. Retrieved from