THE CHALLENGE OF LIBERATING LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY FROM CLERICALISM
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.
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