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Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers
Gula, Richard M., SS
Paulist Press / Softcover / 2010-01-01 / 0809146312
U of T Regis College Texts / Ethics
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Offers a theological-ethical framework for reflecting on the moral responsibilities of the pastoral minister as a professional person.

Table of Contents:

Introduction -- 1. Ministry as Vocation -- Vocation -- Called -- To Be Human -- To Be a Disciple -- God's Providence -- Gifted -- Discerning Gifts -- Freedom for Ministry -- Service -- Community -- Called from the Community -- Serve the Community -- Sustained by the Community -- 2. Ministry as Profession -- On Being Professional -- Called -- Covenantal Model of Pastoral Ministry -- Symbolic Representative of the Holy -- Gifted -- Specialized Knowledge and Skill -- Theological Reflection -- Service -- Mission of the Church -- Officer of the Church -- Fiduciary Duty -- Community -- Accountability -- Code of Ethics -- 3. The Minister's Character -- The Virtue of Virtue Ethics -- Character -- Intention -- Emotions -- Imagination -- Virtues -- Forming Character -- Implications for Ministerial Formation -- Selection -- Emotional Development -- Spiritual Practices -- Friendships -- Mentors and Models -- Community's Culture -- 4. The Virtuous Minister -- Cardinal Virtues -- Charity -- Justice -- Fidelity -- Self-Esteem -- Prudence -- Everyday Virtues -- Gratitude -- Generosity -- Compassion -- Humility -- Holiness -- Courage -- 5. The Dynamics of Power -- Ecclesial Warrants -- Church as Hierarchy -- Church as Communion -- Church as Sacrament -- Personal Power -- The Professional Pastoral Relationship -- The Nature of Personal Power -- Institutional Sources of Power -- Personal Sources of Power -- Extra-Rational Sources of Power -- Symbolic Representation -- Religious Authenticity -- Boundaries -- Common Boundaries -- Challenges to Forming Boundaries -- The Fiduciary Responsibility -- The Lure of the Friendship Model -- Dual Relationships -- Social Power -- Organizational Culture -- The Clerical Culture -- The Call for Accountability -- Assessing the Use of Power -- Ethical Criteria -- Psychological Model -- The Model of Jesus -- 6. Sexuality -- Sexual Conduct -- Sexualized Behavior -- Sexual Abuse -- Sexual Exploitation -- Sexual Harassment -- Sexual Fantasy -- Cybersex -- Good Touch/Confusing Touch/Bad Touch -- Ethical Assessment -- Justice -- Fidelity -- Strategies for Prevention -- 7. Confidentiality -- The Presumption of Confidentiality -- Ethical Foundations -- The Dignity of the Person -- Justice -- Fidelity -- The Limits of Confidentiality -- Canon Law -- Civil Law -- Ethical Limits -- Justice -- Fidelity -- Prudence -- Betrayals of Confidentiality -- Invasions of Privacy -- Pastoral Visits -- Illustrations in Preaching and Teaching -- Prayers of the Faithful -- Records and Recordings -- Environment -- Gossip -- Pastoral Publications -- Strategies for Prevention -- 8. Pastoral Care -- Preaching -- Fidelity to the Text -- Fidelity to Experience -- Fidelity to the Community -- Preaching on Moral Issues -- Managing Finances -- Pastoral Moral Guidance -- Appendix: Statements of Ministerial Commitment -- Mrs. Pat Morgan -- Br. Jeff Shackelton, OFM -- Notes -- Index.

About the Author:

Richard M. Gula, SS, is a Sulpician priest and professor of moral theology at the Franciscan School of Theology of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. He has been teaching in seminary education since 1973 arid has become a popular lecturer and workshop presenter to clergy, pastoral ministers, and religious educators throughout the country. He is the author of the previously published Paulist Press titles Reason Informed by faith (1989), Ethics in Pastoral Ministry (1996), Moral Discernment (1997), The Good Life (1999), and The Call to Holiness (2003).

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