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The Canons of the Church and their ecclesiastical function: some remarks Constantin Rus

Canonical Remedies in the Medieval Marriage Law: The Contributions of Legal Practice R.H. Helmholz

The Revised Code of Canon Law: Some Theological Issues Thomas J. Green

Canon Law and the Constitutions of Religious Congregations Barbara L. Thomas

Temporal Administration in the New Code Clarence Gallagher

Canon Law and Ecclesiology II Clarence Gallagher

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Law in the Church: Theological Reflections Ladislas Orsy

Church and Church Law William H. Onclin

The Laity in Church Law John J. Reed

Problems of prohibited books: an exploratory discussion Leo A. Arnoult

Problems of prohibited books: an exploratory discussion John J. Reed

Permission to Read Prohibited Books John J. Reed

Notes on Canon Law Adam C. Ellis

Double Vasectomy and Marital Impotence Edward H. Nowlan

Arduum Sane Munus: A Retrospect James E. Risk

The Convalidation of Non-Catholic Marriages William E. Donnelly

Current Moral Theology and Canon Law John C. Ford

Canon Law (Some Canonical Terms Dealing With Temporalities--Bona Temporalis) Adam C. Ellis, SJ

Recent Canon Law and Moral Theology: Some Important Items Editors of Theological Studies

Marriage legislation in the new code of canon law H. A. Ayrinhac, SS

A Commentary on the New Code of Canon Law Charles Augustine, O.S.B.

Canon Law Auguste Boudinhon

The Clergyman's Hand-Book of Law: The Law of Church and Grave Charles M. Scanlan

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Called to Global Solidarity: International Challenges for U.S. Parishes National Conference of Catholic Bishops

One with Christ Pastoral Letter on Catholic Parish Life in New Hampshire

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Building a Healthy Congregational Culture in Today's Postmodern World Peter T. Cha

Reflections upon Theological Reflection: How One Pastor Processed Ministry Daryl Busby

The Modern Urban Parish: Challenges and Opportunities Paul Monkerud

Renovating the Pastoral Office Daryl Busby

Seven Secrets of Successful Parishioners Paul Wilkes

Spirituality and the Parish Kevin T. Kelly

Priestless Parishes Are Only Beginning of Story Tim Unsworth

For Average Christian, Parish Isn't True Home Mitch Finley

Parish Ministry Michael M. Winter

Formation in the Parish: Some Tentative Suggestions Michael Hollings

Social Organization in Parishes Edward F. Garesche, SJ, 1921

What is a Parishioner? Joseph H. Fichter


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Vatican I: First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ

You Are Peter: A Critical Analysis of the Orthodox View of Papal Primacy in View of an Alternative Way of Exercising Papal Primacy Vitalis Mshanga

Papal Transition Thomas J. Reese, S.J.

Institutional Authority Dr Andrew Thomas Kania

The Contextualization Debate: What About Leadership? Marcus Dean, page 38

Reforming the Vatican: What the Church Can Learn from Other Institutions Thomas J. Reese

Pope Benedict and Peter's Proclamation Gerald O'Collins SJ

Primacy and Collegiality in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger Richard G. DeClue

Bishops and Structures of Accountability: An Ecclesiological Perspective Susan K. Wood, S.C.L.

Bishops and Structures of Accountability: An Ethical Perspective Cynthia Crysdale

Bishops, Ministry, and the Unity of the Church in Ecumenical Dialogue: Deadlock, Breakthrough or Both? Michael Root

Bishops: Transmit Faithfulness to God's Primacy and Will Pope Benedict XVI

Look to Tradition: The Case for Electing Bishops Adam A.J. DeVille

A Papacy Communicated: Pope John Paul II Gerard Kelly

The Political Significance of the Papacy, Historically and in the Present Period Anthony Mansueto

Von Balthasar and the Office of Peter in the Church John McDade

When Magisterium Becomes Imperium: Peter Damian on the Accountability of Bishops for Scandal C. Colt Anderson

Style or Substance: Does the Reputation of the Church Matter? David McIlroy

Abortion, Bishops, Eucharist, and Politicians: A Question of Communion Gregory C. Sisk and Charles J. Reid, Jr., pages 263-268

Divine Grace and Human Nature as Sources for the Universal Magisterium of Bishops Thomas F. O'Meara

Current Perspectives on Petrine Ministry and Papal Primacy Denis Fortin

Divine Grace and Human Nature as Sources for the Universal Magisterium of Bishops Thomas F. O'Meara

The Teaching Authority of Episcopal Conferences Francis A. Sullivan

Walter Kasper on the Theology and the Praxis of the Bishop's Office Kilian McDonnell

Bishops: Pastors or Agents of Globalization? Fr. Francesco Pierli

The Ministry of the Bishop in Relation to the Blessed Trinity Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

A Magisterium of Authority and Service Theodore Davey

The Future of the Papacy: A Symposium Russell Hittinger, Midge Decter, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, et al.

The Papacy for a Global Church Avery Dulles, S.J.

Avery Dulles & Ladislas Orsy in Dialogue Avery Dulles, SJ, and Ladislas Orsy, SJ

The Papacy for an Ecumenical Age: A Response to Avery Dulles Ladislas Orsy, SJ

Be Not Afraid: The Bishop as a Messenger of Hope Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Papal Power Paul Collins, Harper Collins

Universi Dominici Gregis Pope John Paul II on vacancy of the Holy See and the election of the pope

The Claims of the Primacy and the Costly Call to Unity Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco. Responses by Cardinal O'Connor, Bishop James McHugh, and Archbishop Rembert Weakland

The Petrine Ministry in a Changing Church Hermann J. Pottmeyer

Magisterium Exercises Authority in Christ's Name Pope John Paul II

Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth? On Some Dynamics of Hierarchy Paschal Baute

If Bishops Represent Anyone It's Jesus, Not Pope Richard McBrien

24 Popes, Some Good, in Years Leading Up to First Millennium Joseph Gallagher

God-with-us Calls for New Type of Papacy: Church Now Viewed as Community of Equals Bernard Cooke

Papal Pomp Contrasts with Simplicity of Jesus Bernard Cooke

Renewal of Papacy Will Transform the Church Bernard Cooke

Today's Sinners in Eyes of the Vatican May Very Well Be Tomorrow's Saints Dawn Gibeau

The Bishop: Local Leader or Middle Man? Andrew M. Greeley

'Secret' Criteria Set Bishops' Appointments Peter Hebblethwaite

Medieval Papal Shenanigans Remind Us How Lucky We Are Richard P. McBrien

Raised-Catholics Know What's What, What's Not - Papal Authority Thomas E. Blackburn

The Church Once Looked Suspiciously Democratic Andrew M. Greeley

The Vatican Takes over European Bishops: Secretariat Remade, Removed to Rome Peter Hebblethwaite

The "Secondary Object" of Infallibility Francis A. Sullivan

Ratzinger Comments on Changing Papacy Peter Hebblethwaite

In the Service of Unity New Zealand bishops

The Selection of Bishops Thomas Reese, S.J.

The Church: Learning and Teaching Ladislas Örsy, SJ

Papal Primacy Rev. Emmanuel Clapsis

Unity, Plurality, and the Papacy Hans Urs von Balthasar

Papal Primacy in Contemporary Roman Catholic Theology John P. Galvin

Collegiality: An Essay toward Better Understanding Charles M. Murphy

Episcopal Collegiality and Papal Primacy in the Pre-Vatican I American Church Paul K. Hennessy

The Papacy III Edward Yarnold

Episkope and Episkopos: The New Testament Evidence Raymond E. Brown

God's Appointment: Finding the Right Pope Peter Hebblethwaite

The Papacy I Edward Yarnold

The Papacy II Edward Yarnold

The Jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome J. M. R. Tillard

Leadership: Secular Gift Transformed by Revelation Carroll Stuhlmueller

Episcopal Elections in Cyprian: Clerical and Lay Participation Patrick Granfield

Episcopacy and Apostolic Succession according to Hincmar of Reims George H. Tavard

Sacerdotium et Imperium: The Constantinian Renovatio According to the Greek Fathers Michael Azkoul

The Petrine Office in the New Testament Myles M. Bourke

Conciliarism and the Papacy Robert E. McNally

Collegiality and the Petrine Office in the pastoral mission of the Church Remi J. De Roo

Bishops, Presbyters, and Priest in Ignatius of Antioch James F. McCue

Primacy in collegiality Eugene I. Van Antwerp

The New Testament Basis for the Concept of Collegiality David M. Stanley

Episcopacy and Primacy Charles H. Henkey

The Typology of Episcopal Consecration Joseph H. Crehan

St. Irenaeus and the Roman Primacy Dominic J. Unger

Some Limits and Causes of the Centralization of the Church E. A. Ryan

Little-known Testimonies to Peter's Primacy Alfred C. Rush

A Synthesis of The Diocesan Faculties in the United States J. Donald Clark and Joseph M. Snee

History and the Hierarchy William J. McGarry

The Pope George Joyce

A Bishop and His Flock John Cuthbert Hedley, OSB

Upon This Rock J. Faber Scholfield, page 461

Saint Ennodius and the Papal Supremacy I E. Maguire, page 317

Saint Ennodius and the Papal Supremacy II E. Maguire, page 523

The Temporal Power Charles Coupe, SJ, page 776

Episcopal Elections: Former Practices; Modern Discipline Fr. G. Peries, page 81

Will the Pope Leave Rome? Arthur F. Marshall, page 679

S. Peter, Bishop of Rome: The Roman episcopate of the Prince of the Apostles T. Livius, C.SS.R.

The Pope and the Church Considered in Their Mutual Relations: With Reference to the Errors of the High Church Party in England Paul Bottalla, SJ

The Primacy of the Apostolic See, Vindicated Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, 1848

Ubi Primum (On The Duties Of Bishops) Pope Benedict XIV, 1740

On the Primacy of the Pope Boniface VIII: Unam Sanctam, 1302

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East Syrian Rite 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia

Conciliarism John Challenor

Niche Congregations and the Problem of Institutional Isomorphism: A Study of the Church as Institution Matthew Mardis

So What If You're Eastern Maronite Catholic? Margaret Ghosn MSHF

Eastern Christians in Australia since Vatican II Lawrence Cross

After Authority Patrick McKinley Brennan

Vatican I Archbishop John Quinn

Locating Authority in Law Patrick McKinley Brennan

Presidential address [on authority and leadership in the Church] Richard A. McCormick

The Apostolic Delegation Rev. Thomas Bouquillon, page 112

The Vicar General Rev. G. Peries, page 313

Excommunication Rt. Rev. James A. Corcoran, D.D., page 663

Cathedra Petri: The Titles and Prerogatives of St. Peter, and of His See and Successors ; as Described by the Early Fathers, Ecclesiastical Writers, and Councils of the Church C.F.B. Allnatt

The Independence of the Holy See Henry Edward Cardinal Manning

The Pope and the Church: Considered in Their Mutual Relations. Part II: The Infallibility of the Pope Paul Bottalla, SJ

Essay on the Minor Rites and Offices of the Church. Part 1 Nicholas Patrick Cardinal Wiseman, page 469

Essay on the Minor Rites and Offices of the Church. Part 2 Nicholas Patrick Cardinal Wiseman, page 507

The Supremacy of the Apostolic See in the Church Fr. Franz Hettinger

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