Review: When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today’s Church: Includes a Case Study on the Doctrinal Investigation of Elizabeth Johnson

When the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today's Church: Includes a Case Study on the Doctrinal Investigation of Elizabeth JohnsonWhen the Magisterium Intervenes: The Magisterium and Theologians in Today’s Church: Includes a Case Study on the Doctrinal Investigation of Elizabeth Johnson by Richard R. Gaillardetz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This collection of essays by leading scholars in their own particular fields of inquiry contributes significantly to the ongoing discussions surrounding the nature of the Magisterium, the way in which that is exercised by the hierarchical church, and the interaction of the Magisterium (understood as the hierarchical church) with theologians and the proper exercise of the theological enterprise.

Each individual essay is worth reading in and of itself, but together the collection, edited by Richard Gaillardetz, provides much food for thought and the basis of ongoing conversations. The Third Part of the collection, which I willingly admit I did not read in depth, contains a case study surrounding the case of Elizabeth Johnson csj, whose work has been the subject of a “doctrinal investigation” at the hands of the US Bishops.

A worthy book for anyone with an interest, large or small, in the practice of theological inquiry.

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