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Empowering the People of GodCatholic Action before and after Vatican II$
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Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254002

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254002.001.0001

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. Who Will Guard the Guardians?

. Who Will Guard the Guardians?

Church Government and the Ecclesiology of the People of God, 1965–1969

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Empowering the People of God

Jeremy Bonner

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Jeremy Bonner provides an analysis of the short-lived experiment in greater lay participation in the governance of the American Catholic Church in the late 1960s. With particular emphasis on the situation in the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bonner discusses the emergence of elected parish councils and the establishment by certain bishops of diocesan councils. Bonner’s analysis reveals how American Catholic notions of self-government ultimately came into conflict with the hierarchical nature of the Church and ultimately fell short of what many laypeople originally anticipated.

Keywords:   Bishop Reed, Bishop Wright, Catholic Parishes, Diocesan Councils, Oklahoma, Parish Councils, Pittsburgh

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