"With the whole Christian world looking on, we Catholics have entered a sometimes acrimonious debate with ourselves as to what should be expected of those who are in the special ministry of the Church, i.e., the priesthood--What manner of life should our priests live and what work should they do? Also under review is the role of the bishop, said traditionally to possess the fullness of the priesthood. We are asking whether the authority structure on all levels should be more collegial or democratic and what such a change would mean in light of the traditional theology of the episcopate. Ecumenically we are pondering our relationships to other churches in which there is no episcopate in apostolic succession." --from the Preface
Raymond E. Brown
Raymond E. Brown (1928-1998), a Sulpician priest, was Auburn Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York. Among his numerous works are Biblical Exegesis and Church Doctrine, Recent Discoveries and the Biblical World, Reading the Gospels with the Church, and The Sensus Plenior of Sacred Scripture.