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sonal prelatures.This approach seems unfair; a discussion about views on certain aspects of a topic should be done in the text, not the bibliography. Some parts of the text could have been more developed. The author mentions the discussion about personal prelatures in the plenary of the Code Revision Commission, but only in a footnote and as a reference (page 52, footnote 4). Such a discussion and the various positions should have been mentioned at least summarily. The author employs a broad interpretation of the term “portion of the people of God”.All hierarchical structures are included, not only particular churches (pp. 70–71). In the same mindset, he points to the similarity between personal prelatures and military ordinariates (p. 74). It remains to be seen if readers are prepared to follow him on this path.The author underlines the flexibility of personal prelatures to respond to pastoral needs, especially in a world that is more and more on the road (p. 79 and p. 82). This is an important argument, but what are the ecclesiological implications of such a statement? In summary: the book is a good introduction; however, as stated earlier , it is impossible to deal with all aspects of the topic in so few pages. The strength of the book is at once its weakness. A reader interested in further study of the topic will want to read other publications on the topic. A good start could be the bibliography at the end of the book, particularly the publications somewhat criticized by the author. Kurt Martens School of Canon Law The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. PAROLA DI DIO E MISSIONE DELLA CHIESA: ASPETTI GIURIDICI edited by Davide Cito and Fernando Puig. Milan: Giuffrè Editore , 2009. The Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce presents this monograph devoted to the theme of the XII General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops—“The Word of God and the Mission of the Church.” This work results from the university’s April 10–11, 2008 convention, anticipating the synod’s general assembly that opened Octobook reviews 255 256 the jurist ber 5, 2008. The presentations offer canonical commentaries on the issues that the synod would address. The scholarly papers contributed in Italian cover a diverse range of topics connected with Book III of the Code of Canon Law addressing the teaching function of the Church. The volume begins with fundamental methodological issues that set the groundwork for more specialized topics . These fundamental topics consider: juridical and theological methods in the study of the munus docendi Ecclesiae (Carlos José Errázuriz M., 3–26); juridic implications and anthropology of communication of the Word of God (Paul O’Callaghan, 27–57); Divine Revelation and the Magisterium as the foundation of teaching with special consideration of Ad tuendam fidem (Luis Gahona Fraga, 59–100); and the juridic dimension of the munus docendi in the Church’s origins (Fernando Puig, 101–132). The more specialized topics address: the role of the family in teaching the faith (Angela Maria Punzi Nicolò, 133–152, and Maria Elena Campagnola, 315–328); preaching (José A. Fuentes, 153–191, Ismael Barros, F.M.V.D., 301–313); Catholic schools and education (Davide Cito, 215–235, and José Antonio Araña, 287–299); protecting the integrity of the faith (Brian E. Ferme, 237–265); communications in the media (Diego Contreras, 267–284); liturgy and the Word of God (Massimo del Pozzo, 329–351); the diocesan bishop as moderator of the Word of God (Marcelo Gidi, S.J., 353–366); a consideration of canon 804 (Stefano Testa Bappenheim, 367–384); and proclaiming the Word of God in light of faith and culture (Fabio Vecchi, 385–402). For readers in the United States, James Conn, S.J.’s paper (193–214) assesses the Ordinationes of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that implement Ex corde Ecclesiae, the 1990 apostolic constitution on Catholic universities. Conn argues that these Ordinationes: avoid crucial points addressed in Ex corde Ecclesiae; use “soft” themes of trust, cooperation and dialogue; emphasize the rights of universities and professors rather than bishops; lack concreteness; and frequently use the imprecise terms “possible” and...


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