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The sensus fidelium is a term often invoked but not always well understood. Here Anthony Ekpo throws light on a term which is never mentioned in the documents of the Second Vatican Council but which, as he explains, takes us to the heart of what the Council taught about the Church. He also shows how theology and canon law, so often seen as different worlds, can work together to consolidate the understanding and experience of the Church as communion. This is a book which helps us cross borders in more ways than one.

Mark Coleridge
Archbishop of Brisbane

Father Ekpo shows how Vatican II put great store in "the sense of the faith of the whole people of God". It is a means through which the Holy Spirit guides the church in history. The author then outlines the opportunities for listening to the sense of the faithful already provided for in Canon Law. Father Ekpo is to be congratulated for this outstanding contribution to the literature on the sensus fidelium.

Rev. Associate Professor Ormond Rush, Associate Professor and Reader,
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University

This book is a worthy addition to the ever-expanding literature on the "sense of the faithful." Fr. Ekpo joins the growing number of theologians who have begun to examine the topic from the point of view of how the "sense of the faithful" is related to the Canon Law of the Church, and specifically, how it can better be integrated into the Code of Canon Law. Ekpo's positioning the "sense of the faithfu" in terms of the various agents and institutions of the Church is a welcome contribution to contemporary ecclesiology.

Rev. John J. Burkhand OFM Conv, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology,
The Washington Theological Union, U.S.A.

The Breath of the Spirit in the Church provides a vital contribution to how the Church understands and enacts the theological notion of sensus fidelium. Fr. Ekpo draws on historical data, the recovery of the notion at Vatican II, and the theological and canonical interplay around the notion since the the Council. His is an important and topical investigation as to how this key notion might become further embedded in the Church's structures and life.

Very Rev. Dr. David Pascoe, Adjunct Professor and former Head of School,
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University

Book: 271 pages
ISBN: 978-1-9219-6349-0
Prod. Code: 6349-0

Author: Anthony Ekpo
ISBN: 978-1-9219-6349-0


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