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242 the jurist In contrast, James Brundage’s chapter on teaching in the schools (ch. 4) is an excellent survey that will serve specialists as a synthesis and nonspecialists as an introduction. The same is true of Charles Duggan’s introduction to the decretal collections from the Decretum to the Compilationes antiquae, the five systematic collections that became the basis for teaching the law of the decretals in Bologna (ch. 8), and of Anne Duggan ’s survey of the Lateran councils from 1123 (Lateran I) to 1215 (Lateran IV) (ch. 10). Antonio Garcia y Garcia’s brief chapter summarizes the history of commentaries on the decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council (ch. 11). Kenneth Pennington provides a good history of the Compilationes and contemporary collections (ch. 9), and surveys the current state of studies on the decretalists who commented on them and other collections of the period (ch. 7). The order of his two chapters is representative of the odd organization of the book, which sometimes makes one wonder about the editors’intentions. In the final chapter, Joseph Goering shows how the forum internum, with its informal procedures and concern for conscience, complemented and completed the forum externum, with its formal process and elaborate jurisprudence. He provides an excellent introduction to the literature and practice of penance. Neither the oddness of the organization nor the variation of style among the chapters detracts from the value of the book, although a stronger editorial stance certainly would have improved the quality of the writing in some chapters. But, Pennington and Hartmann have generated an important book that could be a new foundation for scholarship on the history of medieval canon law. Stanley Chodorow University of California San Diego, CA RECEIVING THE COUNCIL THEOLOGICAL AND CANONICAL INSIGHTS AND DEBATES by Ladislas Orsy. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2009. Students of Father Orsy will immediately recognize the methodology he employs in classroom lectures: presenting magisterial teachings, raising precise questions, offering significant insights, and inviting challenging debate. This small treasure of a text does not disappoint; eight of the ten chapters follow this methodology, alerting readers to their responsibility as faith seeks understanding ( fides quarens intellectum). The ninth chapter demonstrates the author’s pedagogy in action, as he debates “definitive doctrine” with no other than the most prominent theologian in the Church today (then, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) Pope Benedict XVI. The final chapter is a powerful reflection on the work of the Spirit and the vocation of canon lawyers today, as the Church continues to plumb the depths of conciliar teachings. In chapter I, Orsy recognizes a Church in turbulence, with contrasting currents of centralization and communion. Turbulence, however, has great energy that seeks equilibrium. Orsy sees communion at every level of the Church of Christ as the basis for renewal—from the papacy down to the domestic church of families and beyond to ecumenical endeavors. He raises the question as to the quality of ecclesial communion today vis- à-vis the tendency to over centralization; he has confidence the Holy Spirit will prevail. Chapter two addresses Pope John Paul’s 1998 motu proprio Apostolos suos. Orsy reviews the document’s norms for episcopal conferences and questions their authority as coming from the papacy and merely juridical , rather than sacramental. He questions “affective collegiality” as a theological reality, contrasting it with an exercise of primacy. Raising five salient questions relating to episcopal conferences, the author concludes that the theology inspiring Apostolos suos fails to blend with the Church’s tradition. Legislation should provide an appropriate structure for the successors of the apostles, heirs to a privileged situation and beneficiaries of the assistance of the Spirit. In chapter three Orsy reminds his readers of the indissoluble unity of the laity and hierarchy; one cannot be considered nor exist without the other. He vividly recalls one of the final addresses of Pius XI in 1939 to seminarians at the Canadian College in Rome. Pius noted that the Church had become a “monstrosity” with too large a head and a shrunken body. Vatican II affirmed the dignity of the people of God and acknowledged the right of the laity to proclaim the Good News on the strength of their baptism without...


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