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On consulting the faithful in matters of doctrine - the twenty first century

A public lecture by Fáinche Ryan: Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine is the title of a famous article written by Cardinal John Henry Newman in 1859. The ideas he postulated at the time, that members of the hierarchy, bishops and pope should consult with and listen to other baptised people in the Christian community, was met with great controversy and let to Newman being dubbed the most dangerous man in England. Dangerous because the very idea of ‘consulting the faithful’ was seen as a critique of authority, of the very structures of a hierarchical institution. This is not a paper about the laity, the faithful and ‘their’ role, but a paper in ecclesiology, on the theology of the Church. Its ultimate aim is to explore the locus of authority in the Catholic Church, a Church guided by the Holy Spirit. The paper will present an exploration of the concept of ‘Church’ and how authority is, and might be, exercised internally, and thus implicitly how Church might impact society today.

Fáinche Ryan lectures in the area of systematic theology and is the current Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests include:
• New thinking in the theology of leadership and ordination
• The role of Church in a pluralist society
• Eucharistic theology
• Medieval theology and the theology of Thomas Aquinas

She is currently working on the virtue of truth telling, with particular focus on how the theology of Thomas Aquinas might be brought to engage in current debate on the concept of 'post-truth'. Since joining the staff at Trinity in 2013 her research interests have expanded to include an interest in the early Irish church, and in particular the theology of the Book of Kells.

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