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The Conciliarist TraditionConstitutionalism in the Catholic Church 1300-1870$
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Francis Oakley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541249.001.0001

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Prologue: Memory, Authority, and Oblivion

Prologue: Memory, Authority, and Oblivion

(p.1) Prologue: Memory, Authority, and Oblivion
The Conciliarist Tradition

Francis Oakley (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This prologue looks at the matter of remembering and forgetting, with emphasis on institutional (and institutionally sponsored) forgetting. From the medieval centuries, the focus is on the Western, Latin, or (in the modern era) Roman Catholic Church, an institution which has exemplified in quintessential fashion the two-fold process of refashioning while preserving the past. The concern is on matters ecclesiological, with the Roman Catholic Church's systematic reflection on its own nature and structures, and, more particularly, with an arresting case of ecclesiological forgetting, the creation of a ‘shadowed place in which nothing can be seen’.

Keywords:   Roman Catholic Church, papacy, ecclesiastical authority, universal Church, conciliarist constitutionalism, bishops, Vatican

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