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
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.
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.