As the Church enters its third millennium, it must third millennium, it must take stock of its identity and mission. The essays in The Gift of the Church address the fundamental issues confronting the Church in its immediate future. Their authors represent the most prominent ecclesiologists of our time.
A valuable book which is many things. A commemoration of Patrick Granfield's efforts in giving courageous, new directions to the theology of church authority; a celebration of the renewal of the church, local and universal, by American ecclesiologists of the decades during and since Vatican II like Granfield, Richard McBrien, Michael Fahey, and Joseph Komonchak; a presentation of the theology of the church as a much needed general textbook.Thomas O'Meara, OP, University of Notre Dame ... a gift to teachers of church history. The essays cannot help but stir up lively discussions. Peter Phan should be complimented for his work as editor and contributor. Adult religious education and college/university courses in theology have truly been blessed by this work!Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, Franciscan School of Theology This will be a particularly useful volume in ecumenical discussions. It will be an invaluable resource for preachers and teachers who want to witness to the doctrine of the Church and its discussion today.National Christian Reporter ... worthy of its honoree, Fr. Patrick Granfield of Catholic University of America... This work brings ecclesiology one step further along the trajectory of Vatican II and provides a solid foundation for a better understanding of how the church can eventually be one. Granfield's colleagues contribute scriptural, historical, theological and spiritual background for a synthesis of what ecclesiology should be today.Emmanuel A useful, up to date, rather classic handbook of Catholic ecclesiology.Louvain Studies