Apr 30, 2010
Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ. Naples: Sapientia Press, 2007 $ 21.95. ISBN 978-1932589382.
Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ’s book focuses on the Magisterium, or the teaching body of the Church, which is exercised by the Pope and bishops. He said that one of his goals in writing was to produce a “clear concise, up-to-date manual” on the subject of revelation and transmission in the Church. And he has succeeded.
Dulles noticed that very few people know much about “the types and degrees of authority” in the Church. He also knows that even some of the faithful are “confused about the biblical sources and historical development of the Magisterium as a normative organ of doctrinal authority.”
That is why he wrote a book that seeks to explain why such a teaching body is necessary in the Church. He analyzes the biblical reasons for its existence, and examines its development throughout history. He also explains the how the Magisterium works, especially when it comes to the topic of infallibility.