Three studies from a celebrated Australian biblical
scholar contribute to the debate about how we understand priestly ministry
within the Catholic tradition.
Francis J Moloney argues that any assessment regarding the
ongoing viability of an institution must include study of its origins which is
why central to the book is the chapter that explores the New Testament origins
of priesthood. The chapter questions and challenges some traditional teaching
connecting priesthood with Last Supper narratives or the so-called priestly prayer of Jesus in
Yet, he also acknowledges the centrality of
Eucharist in the ancient Christian communities as disciples gathered to
remember the teachings of Jesus and to celebrate his memory in the breaking of
bread. The importance of Eucharist led to a growing sense of the dignity and
significance of those chosen to preside, resulting in a natural development of the church’s
understanding of that special ministry within the community.
So the first and the third chapters serve as a
‘frame’ around these reflections.
Chapter One ‘Encountering Jesus: Exploring our Biblical heritage’ argues
that all biblical reflection upon the
Christian life – including priesthood
and leadership in the church - must
start with the person and message of Jesus of Nazareth; while Chapter Three
develops this challenge to contemporary Catholicism, asking where we find
access to this Jesus Christ whose memory we recall at the breaking of the bread
and the pouring out of the cup.
Although the focus and the centre-piece of this
collection is the Catholic priesthood, the message at the heart of Broken for
You is directed to everyone in the church, asserting – against the scourge of
clericalism – that there is no class distinction among the people of God who
look to Jesus Christ as their guide, light and hope.
|Francis J Moloney
|29 November 2018
Broken For You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God
- Authors Francis Moloney
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