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Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today

Author(s): James F. Keenan

ISBN13: 9780742599574

ISBN10: 0742599574

Publisher: NBN Books International

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  • In Ethics of the Word beloved priest and author James F. Keenan, S.J., discusses the power of the Word in the Catholic Church. In the ongoing wake of the priest abuse scandals, Father Keenan argues that we need new ways to build trust and open communication in the Church on all levels-from bishops to parishioners. Keenans engaging style blends stories, Scripture, and theology to show readers the importance of both speaking and listening. The book covers topics ranging from difficult confrontations to apologies to the language of faith, hope, and love.

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    Keenan breathes life into his thoughts by illustrating them with examples from his personal history and relationships.... Keenan has given readers much to consider and makes a convincing case that all of us, regardless of faith tradition, could benefit from an ethics of the word.

    - April 2010, Publishers Weekly

    "Keenan, S.J. (theology, Boston Coll.) has written a splendid book examining the how and why of human discourse within Catholicism today. Keenan masterfully incorporates the complexities of the recent sexual abuse crisis within the Catholic Church from the perspective of what was said and what remained unspoken. His goal is not to place blame but to seek an avenue of dialog that can facilitate both healing and reconciliation. While using the recent moral crisis as a springboard to effect a more honest conversation, the whole book could best be summed up as a theology of communication or a spirituality of the spoken word. Keenan posits a Christian model of sharing words with one another that is fundamentally based on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. His writing style is fresh, while the narrative is peppered with an abundance of pastoral anecdotes that truly manifest the ethical principles of the text. VERDICT Recommended for public and church libraries collecting in the area of ethics and pastoral theology; a fine title for private reflective reading or small group discussion."

    - April 2010, Library Journal

    "In this book James Keenan gently but effectively articulates a new call for us to take our words seriously. Profound human experiences of suffering, scandal, loss, misunderstanding, and healing evoke theological-imperatives to truthfulness, respect, and reconciliation. The book will inspire its readers to find and understand languages of vocation, faith, and hope. The language of love ultimately takes center stage in this thoughtful proposal for an ethic of the word."

    - Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics Yale Divinity School

    "James Keenans latest book is more than worthy of high praise for its deep learning lightly worn; its pastoral heart that manifestly inspires; its self revelation that never becomes mawkish; and, blessedly, for its lucid prose."

    - Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. OBrien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

    "Despite church scandals and controversies, Keenan shows that Gods word can still inspire, renew and guide Catholics in the 21st century. Hearing and proclaiming the word is the vocation of every Christian, lay and clerical."

    - Thomas Reese, S.J., Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University


Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today