Author's Note: This is not a popular book, but a theological work. It lays the foundation for a personalist approach to the diaconate and is the first of two books. The second book, based on the first, will be a more popular work and serve as a textbook for diaconal formation.
Since its implementation in 1968, the diaconate has been struggling to find its voice within the larger Church. Its suppression as a permanent part of the three-fold hierarchy for over 1000 years has left the order theologically impoverished leading to confusion as to the role and mission of the sacred office. This book is a response to the International Theological Commission and indeed the Church herself, to develop a more refined theology of the diaconate using Pope John Paul II’s Personalism and Theology of the Body.
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