The Open Church

Overview

Michael Novak's eyewitness report on the second and pivotal session of
Vatican II in 1964 vividly interweaves pageantry, politics, and theology. An unusually well-informed lay intellectual who had earned a theological degree just before the Council, Novak applauded the purposes of Pope John XXIII
and his successor Paul VI-"to throw open the windows of the church." In this report, he coined the classic ...
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Overview

Michael Novak's eyewitness report on the second and pivotal session of
Vatican II in 1964 vividly interweaves pageantry, politics, and theology. An unusually well-informed lay intellectual who had earned a theological degree just before the Council, Novak applauded the purposes of Pope John XXIII
and his successor Paul VI-"to throw open the windows of the church." In this report, he coined the classic description of the foes of the reforms at Vatican
II as the party of "nonhistorical orthodoxy" that emphasizes the eternal and unchanging, and neglects history and contingency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765807724
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,021,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Novak is George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He has twice been the US ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission and is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy board. He is the author of over two dozen books and numerous scholarly articles which have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, and National Review Online.

Michael Novak is George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He has twice been the US ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission and is a member of the National Endowment for Democracy board. He is the author of over two dozen books and numerous scholarly articles which have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, and National Review Online.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Introduction
I John and Paul
1 Pope John's Session, 1962 3
2 The Presence of Pope John 17
3 The Church after John: Pope Paul VI 29
4 The Talk to the Curia 40
5 The School of Fear 52
II A Place for Prophecy
6 The Pope's Opening Address 75
7 The People of God 88
8 The Co-responsibility of Bishops 103
9 Latin or Universal? 117
10 The Layman 130
11 The Charismatic Church 148
12 Holiness: the Doldrums 165
13 Politics and the Blessed Virgin Mary 177
14 The Prisoner of the Vatican 191
15 October 30 200
16 The Indispensable Reform 211
17 The Most Dramatic Day: The Holy Office 223
18 The Problems of the Management 242
19 The Issues that Concern the World 256
20 United for Unity 266
21 The Bitter End 282
22 The New City 303
III The Bishops of the United States
23 The Bishops of the United States 325
IV The Open Church
24 The Open Church 343
Index 363
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