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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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Empowering the People of God

Empowering the People of God

John Cardinal Dearden’s Church of Tomorrow

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Empowering the People of God

Samuel J. Thomas

Fordham University Press

Samuel Thomas explores the role played by John Cardinal Dearden of Detroit in helping develop a new understanding of the lay apostolate in the Vatican II era. Through Dearden’s pronouncements and actions at Synod 69, in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and at the 1976 lay congress known as Call to Action, Thomas demonstrates how Dearden sought to cultivate a spirit of collegiality among his colleagues and a new understanding of the role of the laity in building up the Church. Thomas lays particular stress on Dearden’s commitment to lay participation in his own archdiocese.

Keywords:   Bishop Dearden, Detroit, Ecclesiology, Episcopal Authority, Immanence, People of God, Synod 69, Vatican II

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