Vatican II theology, ecumenical dialogue, historical studies, and contemporary problems are al reshaping the Roman Catholic understanding of teaching authority. New roles for pope and bishops add another dimension. Dissent from magisterial teaching raises new questions for Christians. How should teaching and learning take place in the Roman Catholic Church today?
Margaret O’Gara is a Roman Catholic who teaches theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. She frequently represents the Roman Catholic church in ecumenical dialogue at the national and international levels and has recently completed a book on infallibility. She has published numerous articles in various ecumenical publications, and served Visiting Research Scholar at New York’s General Theological Seminary (Episcopal). Professor O’Gara will draw on her ecumenical experiences and scholarship to shed light on the problems facing authority today.