CLERICALISM IN THE CHURCH
The topic ‘clericalism in the church’ has received a lot of attention in the media in the wake of the explosion of the clergy abuse scandal. As Clericalism is the root-cause of many of these evils, the article studies in depth its meaning and rationally analyses the various forms of it. This is done in the background of a gospel-based, true image of the church as conceived by theologians, especially Yves M. Congar, best known for his influence in Vatican II for reviving theological interest in the laity in ecclesiology. The article then explores the key points on clericalism in the Apostolic Exhortation of John Paul II, Christi Fideles Laici and in the speeches of Pope Francis. Finally, it ends proposing some theoretical and practical solutions to eradicate clericalism from the life of the church.
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