Empowering Authority is a collection of dialogues about the central crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in our times: the role of authority in the identity of the church and its mission to the world. Against the background of the Vatican investigation of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen of the Archdiocese of Western Washington, the conversations presented here attempt to re-examine the ways in which authority speaks "authoritatively."
Dr. Gary Chamberlain is a Professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Seattle University. Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J. is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology in the Institute for Theological Studies.