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Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church

Monica Migliorino Miller articulates a theology that breaks open the essence of ecclesial authority.  Authority, if it is authority at all, derives from and exists for authentic Christian worship, namely, the Holy Eucharist.
If authority is derived from Eucharistic worship, then authority is fundamentally the authority of a covenant.  This book shows that this covenant is spoken according to a primordial sexual language rooted in creation itself.

286 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1995

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics

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Table of Contents

1.  Feminine Authority and the Covenantal Order of Salvation
A Critique of Feminist Theology
Women and the Fathers of the Church
The Meaning of Authority
2. The Authority of Christ
Christ—Head of the Church
Christ—The New Adam
The Meaning of Headship in 1 Cor. 11
The Marital Order of Authority
3. The Meaning of Male Ecclesial Authority
Christ the Good Shepherd
The Gender of God
The Authority of the Apostles
The Fatherhood of Bishops and Priests
The Male Person as Symbol of God
Christ and the Saving of Humanity
4. The Authority of Mary
Mary’s "Fiat"—Source of the Incarnation
Mary’s Word: the New Genesis
The Authority of Mary in the Mission of Christ
The New Eve—Covenant Partner of Christ
5. Feminine Authority of the Church
Baptism and a Woman’s Life-giving Authority
The Biblical Testimony
The Church Feeds Her Children
Mother and Teacher
The Feminine Side of Worship
The Church—Mother of Priests
The Divinization of Women
The Feminine Response to the Covenant
6. The Authority of Women
Woman—Center of the World’s Moral Order
The Church and Women—Source of Human Unity
The Woman as Teacher
The Mediatorial Authority of Women
7. Women, the Covenant Partners of Christ
Women of the Old Testament
Early Christian Women
St. Catherine: The Pope’s Guide
St. Margaret Clitherow
The Authority of Consecrated Virgins
Modern Examples of Women’s Ecclesial Authority
Some Final Words

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