Rev'd Nicholas King, SJ: Publication

Rev'd Nicholas King, SJ has followed up his monumental translation of the Greek Bible with The Helplessness of God, which sprang from a sense of unease about the way in which governance was sometimes exercised in the Church.

The basic idea is that throughout the Old and the New Testaments the only people who get authority right are God and Jesus; and that human beings must recognise that their authority is never absolute, but is always a charism of service. The book works this idea out against the background of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, of which Pope Francis will have had considerable experience, and which seems to have led him to introduce what the author calls Leadership by Listening.