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Christ and the Catholic Priesthood: Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity

Matthew Levering

The leading figures of the Enlightenment and the Reformation (and leading up to Catholic theologians of our own day) have subjected Catholic understanding of ecclesial hierarchy and sacramental mediation of the priesthood to a withering critique. Christ and the Catholic Priesthood: Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity will establish the foundation for a theology of the hierarchical priesthood based on the hierarchical order of the Trinitarian gift, of love. Matthew Levering’s brilliant original study systematically analyzes in detail the nature of Christ’s priesthood, Christian hierarchical priesthood, and sacramental mediation.

The book’s five chapters approach the topic of hierarchy in the Church through Trinitarian and soteriological reflection, unified by dialogical engagement with the biblical, patristic, and metaphysical resources of St. Thomas Aquinas’s theology.

Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2010.