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Accolades, Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

Let me here confess to a primary motive for publishing this collection of articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. As a youth I found church history boring. Everything seemed to happen by divine plan. So I took up something more interesting: ...

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Introduction: Reproach vs. Rapprochement: Historical Preconditions of a Paradigm Shift in the Reform of Vatican II

Stephen Schloesser

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pp. xi-l

But we cannot pass over one important consideration in our analysis of the religious meaning of the council: it has been deeply committed to the study of the modern world. Never before perhaps, so much as on this occasion, has the Church felt the need to know, to draw near to, to understand, to penetrate, serve and evangelize the society in which she lives; ...

Part 1: General Interpretations

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Chapter 1: “The Hermeneutic of Reform”: A Historical Analysis

John W. O’Malley

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pp. 3-34

Few ideas have impacted the church more than reform, but in recent centuries it virtually disappeared from theological discourse. That changed on December 22, 2005, when Pope Benedict XVI, in his address to the Roman Curia, introduced “hermeneutic of reform” as the proper category for interpreting Vatican II. ...

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Chapter 2: Toward a Comprehensive Interpretation of the Council and Its Documents

Ormond Rush

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pp. 35-60

Contemporary proposals regarding an appropriate hermeneutic for interpreting Vatican II vary in their emphasis on three elements: the conciliar process, the conciliar documents, and the shifting contexts from which future generations interpret the council and its documents. ...

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Chapter 3: Vatican II: The History and the Narratives

Massimo Faggioli

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pp. 61-81

The author discusses the relationship between historical studies and the hermeneutics of the Second Vatican Council. He seeks to develop a critical understanding of the two-sided debate about how to understand and assess the event of the council by showing how one side argues not on the basis of historical understanding of the council but on the basis of “narratives,” ...

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Chapter 4: Does Vatican II Represent Continuity or Discontinuity?

Gerald O’Collins

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pp. 83-111

The article examines changes in teaching and practice endorsed by Vatican II. What “combination of continuity and discontinuity” (Pope Benedict XVI) shaped those reforms? Several conciliar documents set out principles guiding the changes by retrieving neglected traditions (ressourcement) and bringing the church’s life up to date (aggiornamento). ...

Part 2: Specific Interpretations

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Chapter 5: Developments in Teaching Authority since Vatican II

Francis A. Sullivan

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pp. 115-136

The author describes and comments on developments that have taken place since Vatican II with regard to teaching authority. Among subjects exercising such authority he treats episcopal conferences and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Among objects of definitive teaching he treats truths that are not revealed but necessarily connected with revealed truth. ...

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Chapter 6: The Trinitarian Depths of Vatican II

Anne Hunt

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pp. 137-154

Central to Vatican II’s deliberations on the church was a fundamental rediscovery: the church’s origin in the mystery of the Trinity. How this rediscovery permeates and shapes the council’s ecclesial vision is what this article addresses. Four leitmotifs exemplify the expanded horizon for the council’s understanding of the church that this rediscovery afforded: ...

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Chapter 7: Ecclesial Conversion after Vatican II: Renewing “the Face of the Church” to Reflect “the Genuine Face of God”

Ormond Rush

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pp. 155-174

The Second Vatican Council was an event of conversion for the participating bishops, and the council’s documents propose a vision for the conversion of the Catholic ecclesial imagination. The author argues that this ecclesial conversion entails a refashioning of the Catholic Church’s understanding of the divine-human relationship in history. ...

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Chapter 8: Sin, Intimacy, and the Genuine Face of the Church: A Response to Ormond Rush

Natalia Imperatori-Lee

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pp. 175-179

Almost 50 years ago, the Second Vatican Council acknowledged that the face of the Church is not always resplendent with the light of Christ. This constitutes a fundamental concern in the council’s overall pastoral and reform agenda. Ormond Rush reminds us that the goal of the council was at least in part that the face of the Church would faithfully mirror the genuine face of the God that the Church presents. ...

Part 3: Church Mission

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Chapter 9: Revisiting Mission at Vatican II: Theology and Practice for Today’s Missionary Church

Stephen B. Bevans

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pp. 183-206

The author argues that a closer and fresh reading of the Vatican II documents with an eye to the theme of mission might suggest that it is closer to the heart of the council’s original intention than a cursory and dated reading might indicate. Indeed the church’s mission is more urgent today than ever, given the shift of Christianity’s center of gravity to the Global South, ...

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Chapter 10: “I Am Joseph, Your Brother”: A Jewish Perspective on Catholic-Jewish Relations since Nostra Aetate No. 4

Edward Kessler

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pp. 207-233

The article reviews the impact of Nostra aetate on Christian-Jewish relations and offers a Jewish perspective, including consideration of the Jewishness of Jesus as well as proposing a covenantal theology that grapples with supersessionism. It also explores the implications of the Holy See’s assertion in 1974 that “Christians must strive to learn by what essential traits the Jews define themselves in the light of their own religious experience” ...

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Chapter 11: What Nostra Aetate Inaugurated: A Conversion to the “Providential Mystery of Otherness”

Mary C. Boys

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pp. 235-270

The Second Vatican Council’s declaration Nostra aetate (NA) is regarded as a “watershed” document. NA no. 4, on relations with the Jewish people, is frequently cited as evidence of a turning point in the Catholic Church’s attitudes toward the religious Other. ...

Part 4: Reception of Vatican II

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Chapter 12: “After All, Africa Is Largely a Nonliterate Continent”: The Reception of Vatican II in Africa

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator

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pp. 273-292

The article examines critical factors that determined the impact, reception, and implementation of Vatican II in Africa. Drawing on historical accounts, the author identifies and analyzes personalities, contexts, and issues that conditioned and shaped Africa’s participation in the council. ...

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Chapter 13: Reception of and Trajectories for Vatican II in Asia

Peter C. Phan

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pp. 293-312

The article offers a historical analysis of the impact of Vatican II on the Asian Catholic churches. It places this reception of the council within the various contexts of Asia and Asian Christianity and argues that this reception includes an expansion of the council’s trajectories insofar as Asian Catholicism, led by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, ...

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Chapter 14: The Reception of Vatican II in Latin America

O. Ernesto Valiente

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pp. 313-343

Since Vatican II the Latin American church has come of age becoming an autochthonous and distinctive expression of the universal church. The article enlists the postconciliar general conferences of Latin American bishops to explore the creative reception of the council and how it has shaped the identity and mission of this church. ...

Part 5: Specific Documents

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Chapter 15: The Divine Dignity of Human Persons in Dignitatis Humanae

Ladislas Orsy

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pp. 347-364

The author inquires about the idea of human dignity that inspired Dignitatis humanae, the Declaration on Religious Freedom. The idea is grounded in the fact that human beings are created in the image of God; they are intelligent and free, replicas of divine nature. They are called to meet God in their consciences, and serve God in obedience and love. ...

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Chapter 16: Scripture Reading Urged Vehementer (Dei Verbum No. 25): Background and Development

Jared Wicks

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pp. 365-390

This article relates the itinerary of Vatican II’s exhortation to Catholics to practice prayerful Scripture reading. In 1961 the Preparatory Theological Commission treated Bible reading in a cautionary and admonitory mode that highlighted guidance by the Magisterium. ...

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Chapter 17: Religious Life in the Vatican II Era: “State of Perfection” or Living Charism?

Maryanne Confoy

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pp. 391-418

Religious life has consistently played a prophetic role in the church; its post–Vatican II era is no exception. The failure of dialogue between those leaders whose ecclesiology is described as traditionalist and those labeled progressive continues to wound the Body of Christ. ...

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Afterword: Vatican II: Relevance and Future

Gilles Routhier

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pp. 419-438

Following repeated requests by opponents of Schema XIII who wanted to reduce its scope and authority,1 Gaudium et spes (GS), the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, bears the following interpretive note: ...

Contributors

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pp. 439-442