Strategies, Church and Freedom
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Traditionally inclined Christians may have a natural instinct to move to the defence of authority even while still disparaging power. Foucault's critique of pastoral power' and the sacrament of penance' was not trained on all church confessional practice ever but only on the practice's high point in late, seventeenth-century French Catholicism. Pastoral power in its vocational form was a specific intrusion of authority into the personal domain. Foucault did not indulge in polemic against Christianity for its part in the story of such practices. The real target was more secular, namely that universalized pastoral power freed up from religious rules for wider non-religious use. The conduct of church community today now comes under the spotlight once again. The subject of authority in a local church context is caught up in distinctions such as those we have outlined between power over', power to', and power through'.