Roman Catholics: Authority Under Fire

The Roman Catholic Church is an authoritarian, hierarchal institution whose Pope and bishops claim to govern by divine right as descendants of Christ's Apostles. This fundamental Catholic concept is now undergoing widespread scrutiny, criticism and questioning, leading to what Father Joseph Gallagher an editor of Baltimore's archdiocesan weekly bluntly calls "a crisis of obedience in the church." What is being questioned is not authority as such, but how it is exercised; not the concept of obedience, but what it means in the modern world of free men.

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