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Practical Theology and Pierre-André Liégé

Radical Dominican and Vatican II Pioneer, 1st Edition

By Nicholas Bradbury


266 pages

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Pierre-André Liégé, one of the foremost French theologians of the 20th century, influenced John XXIII and Paul VI, and sat on Vatican II committees with both the future John Paul II and Benedict VI. Fifty years on from Vatican II is a good time to remember the decade of dramatic struggle and pioneering work that preceded it, and review what it accomplished. This book explores the life and work of Pierre-André Liégé, presenting it to an English speaking readership for the first time. Discussing the impact and profound challenges Liege’s work raises for spirituality and church life today, Bradbury tackles issues including: the organisation of parish life rooted in theological criteria; cradle to grave corporate Christian formation; a compelling vision of what the church is for and why, and how should this be expressed in practice. Bradbury argues that for faith to match real life, the church today needs to let go of much baggage, align its talk to its action, and radically re-examine the question of what the church needs to do to conform to the Gospel. This book takes critical issues confronting practical theology and the church, breaking them open in a lively and accessible style.


'At a time when the churches in Britain are struggling to connect with the lives of most people, there is an urgent need for a renewed vision of Christian life, faith and practice which can enable them to do this. In this fascinating and important study, rooted in the inspirational thought of a remarkable Catholic theologian and pastor, we are given vital resources for enabling such a vision to be nurtured and lived.’ Gordon Mursell, former Bishop of Stafford

'There is an authenticity about this work, which is rooted in decades of engagement, reflection and practice.' James Woodward, Sarum College, Crucible

…'a very fine book…. (with) an excellent bibliography.' Dominic White, New Blackfriars Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Timothy Radcliffe OP; Preface; Introduction; Liégé in context; Liégé the man; The foundations of Liégé’s Pastoral Theology; Liégé’s pioneering Pastoral Theology (1955-1977); Liégé and Practical Theology in France and Canada since his death; Liégé’s distinctive vision; The story of St Aidan’s, Rothercliffe 1948-1984; Learning from Liégé about Catechetics; Learning from Liégé about Practical Theology; Liégé’s legacy; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Nicholas Bradbury was ordained in 1973 to a curacy at the Elephant and Castle. From 1976-79 he was in community with the Jesuits in New York City. After serving as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Tottenham he became Director of Pastoral Theology at Salisbury & Wells Theological College during which time, following the Faith in the City Report, he wrote City of God? Pastoral Care in the Inner City (1989), considerably acclaimed by reviewers. He has written for journals such as Theology, Contact: the interdisciplinary journal of pastoral studies, the Scottish Journal of Theology and the HSJ (Health Service Journal) as well as for the Guardian on Anandamayi Ma and the Hindu spiritual tradition and for other newspapers on a wide variety of subjects. He has made over 130 BBC broadcasts on Radio 2 and 4. He is widely known as a facilitator, retreat-giver and NHS executive team coach. From 2001-2013 he was a Senior Fellow of the King’s Fund and from 2013-17 he was Head of System Leadership at the NHS Leadership Academy as well as Director of development for Nurses and Midwives. He is founder-director of Humanum - to develop the human ( and on the team at St Michael’s, Summertown in Oxford. Humanum runs Caillier Retreats in Charente, France.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology

The field of ecclesiology has grown remarkably in the last decade, and most especially in relation to the study of the contemporary church. Recently, theological attention has turned once more to the nature of the church, its practices and proclivities, and to interpretative readings and understandings of its role, function and ethos in contemporary society.

This series draws from a range of disciplines and established scholars to further the study of contemporary ecclesiology and publish an important cluster of landmark titles in this field. The series editors represent a range of Christian traditions and disciplines, and this reflects the breadth and depth of books developing in the Series. This series presents a clear focus on the contemporary situation of churches worldwide, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, ministers and other interested readers around the world working or interested in the diverse areas of contemporary ecclesiology and the important changing shape of the church worldwide.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christianity / General
RELIGION / Theology