November 2001
 

CONTENTS

November 2001

The gifts of leadership
The Editor

Eamon Duffy

Eamon Duffy, Cambridge historian and author of a best-selling book on the papacy, examines the present papal leadership in the light of the Church’s tradition. He also looks at the reign of Innocent III and shows how it might be helpful for the contemporary Church to see how at least three forms of leadership functioned well in his reign.

Eamon Duffy

Eamon Duffy, Cambridge historian and author of a best-selling book on the papacy, examines the present papal leadership in the light of the Church’s tradition. He also looks at the reign of Innocent III and shows how it might be helpful for the contemporary Church to see how at least three forms of leadership functioned well in his reign.

The practical skills needed
John Hurt

Lord Hunt of Tanworth has seen leadership exercised at the highest government level, as former cabinet secretary under four British prime ministers. He draws on his wide experience of leadership in this and in the business and voluntary sectors to reflect on the qualities and skills needed in leadership in general, and in leading parish meetings in particular.

Can management research help?
Helen Alford OP

Helen Alford, a Dominican sister, teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome, having researched management theory at doctoral level. She finds that there are Christian values in some business practices and many situations in church life which can borrow ideas from the wider world.

Leadership in the parish
Marjorie Bereza

Marjorie Bereza is employed as a pastoral assistant in a parish in south-west London which takes 'collaborative ministry' seriously. Leadership is found there at a variety of levels and operates 'with the permission of the people one works with'. She provides plenty of examples of good practice, while not avoiding the everyday difficulties encountered by anyone in a position of leadership.

The stewardship of our gifts
Simon Thorrington

'Harnessing the gifts and talents in our parishes' can be achieved through the working out of the full implications of Christian stewardship, according to Simon Thorrington, financial secretary for the Lancaster Diocese. Through this 'way of living discipleship', people realise that 'all is gift', and 'that all have a duty to apply those gifts for mission, renewd mission to a new age'.

Pastoralia

Some leadership resources

Preaching and teaching the World
Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones, our assistant editor, offers some reflections on the lectionary readings for Sundays in December and Christmas Masses.


Books

   REVIEWED BY LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON
I Call You Friends
Timothy Radcliffe
Continuum, £9.95
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   REVIEWED BY JACK DOMINIAN
Faith beyond resentment
James Alison
Darton, Longman and Todd, £10.95
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   REVIEWED BY EDWARD YARNOLD SJ
Towards a Papacy in Communion: perspectives from Vatican Councils I & II.
Hermann J. Pottmeyer
Crossroad Puclishing Co., £14.95
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   REVIEWED BY EDWARD YARNOLD SJ
Christian unity: an ecumenical Second Spring?
Michael Hurley
Veritas, £IR12.99
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Postscript
National pastoral planning
Michael Phelan