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Converts to Joseph Smith's 1820s restoration of primitive Christianity were attracted to the non-hierarchical nature of the movement. It was precisely because there were no priests, ordinances, or dogma that people were attracted to him. His intent was that everyone should be a prophet; anyone who felt called was invited to minister freely without formal office.
It wasn't until seven years later that Latter-day Saints first learned of priesthood authority restored by angels or of the need for a hierarchy mirroring the Pauline model That same year a Quorum of Twelve Apostles was organized, but their jurisdiction was limited to areas outside established stakes (dioceses), which were still led by both a president and bishop.
At Smith's martyrdom the church had five leading quorums of authority. The obvious successor to Smith, Illinois stake president William Marks, opposed the secret rites of polygamy, anointing, endowment, and clandestine political activity. The Council of Fifty had secretly ordained Smith King on Earth and sent ambassadors overseas to form alliances against the United States.
To preserve Smith's legacy in areas most church members knew nothing about, Brigham Young moved decisively to eliminate contenders for the presidency. He also continued the hierarchical stratification that exists today.
A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies explores fundamental issues and critical questions in chaplaincy, spanning key areas of health care, the prison service, education and military chaplaincy. Leading authors and practitioners in the field present critical insight into the challenges and opportunities facing those providing professional spiritual care. From young men and women in the military and in custody, to the bedside of those experiencing life's greatest traumas, this critical examination of the role played by the chaplain offers a fresh and informed understanding about faith and diversity in an increasingly secular society. An invaluable compendium of case-studies, academic reflection and critical enquiry, this handbook offers a fresh understanding of traditional, contemporary and innovative forms of spiritual practice as they are witnessed in the public sphere. Providing a wide-ranging appraisal of chaplaincy in an era of religious complexity and emergent spiritualities, this pioneering book is a major contribution to a relatively underdeveloped field and sets out how the phenomenon of chaplaincy can be better understood and its practice more robust and informed.
My Basilian Priesthood is a memoir of Michael Quealey's six years in the order in the 1960s. During his priesthood, Quealey was director of the Newman Centre at the University of Toronto and engaged in reforming the mass and in other theological matters. The 1960s was a time of questioning traditions, including the role of Biblical criticism, the nature of liturgy, the place of women in the Church and in society, and the power of community living and decision-making. Quealey was deeply involved in all these matters, and sought to fulfill his commitment to service and balance that with his faith and vows of obedience to the institution of the Church. Written decades after the events he describes, the book is his reflection on the excitement of the times and the tensions created when tradition encountered new ideas and new forms of communal living. Here's a story that blends Toronto history with Catholic Church history and an inside look at 1960s counterculture.
British Chief Rabbis tells how they achieved what, in retrospect, seems almost the impossible. The survival of the Jewish Community in Britain in the last 350 years as an Orthodox body has been an extraordinary story of success against all odds. Most of the credit goes to 22 men who acted as the spiritual leaders of this community.
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