Review: The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church

The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living ChurchThe Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church by Paul J. Philibert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite sometime yet always seemed to find itself at the bottom of the ‘to read’ list. Finally – and belatedly, in my opinion – I have read what can only be considered a seminal work on the theology of the baptismal priesthood.

For far too long the focus on theologies of ministry have focussed on the ordained or organised lay ministries, and have ignored the more foundational and priestly identity of the People of God that comes into being because of their baptism, that seminal event that incorporates them into the Body of Christ and configures them to Christ, the High Priest.

Paul Philibert, a Dominican theologian, breaks new ground in this book that explores, or rather begins to explore, this new understanding the priesthood of all the faithful. In asking the questions, and providing some direction, Philibert opens a dialogue that will hopefully continue in the life of the Church, and bring with it a more connected, empowered and interested faithful People of God. One can only hope…

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