The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology / Edition 1

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Overview

The Second Vatican Council produced a charter for the church of the twentieth century and beyond. Part of the council's fascination is that it involves many "stories." The Road to Vatican II is an attempt to tell the story behind the stories of this landmark in church history. Somehow, more than 2,500 bishops, who often disagreed on the most critical issues, managed to produce sixteen documents that touched the very essence of the Catholic faith. How is it possible that so much could have been accomplished in four brief council sessions, from 1962-1965? How did the church move from Pius IX at Vatican I (1869-70), who espoused a rigid, hierarchical model of church, to John XXIII at Vatican II (1962-65), who ushered in a collegial, communio model of church?

In answering these questions, Sullivan's book highlights those theologians whose efforts over the years before the council were actually the seeds of what flourished at the council. These theologians were indeed prophets among us, often suffering because of their convictions. Ultimately they were instruments of the Holy Spirit in our midst. They offered the church a renewed vision of the faith and a methodology to facilitate theological endeavor. They also rediscovered in the New Testament a language of life that could speak to contemporary men and women. Hence, this book presents the incredible theological changes that took place on the road to Vatican II; it examines the contributions of some of the key theologians on this road; and it finds evidence of their influence in key documents of the Second Vatican Council.

About the Author:
Maureen Sullivan, OP, is currently associate professor of theology at SaintAnselm College in New Hampshire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809142774
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Sullivan
Maureen Sullivan is an associate of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society and has been elected to the Fellowship of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. She also teaches workshops, contributes to calligraphy books, and exhibits widely.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Theology in Transition     11
Paradigm Shifts in Theology     11
The Task of the Theologian     16
The New Theology     17
The New Theologians     18
Conclusion     35
The Church Looks at the World     37
Leading Up to Vatican II     37
A Document for Our Time     42
Church and World: A Reconciliation     42
A Changing Theology     45
Theological Anthropology     48
Christ the Key Element in a Theological Anthropology     50
Inculturation     51
Reasons to Believe     53
A Renewed Sense of History     55
Conclusion     58
The Church Looks at the Laity     60
The Layperson in the Church before Vatican II     60
Struggling to Find a Voice     61
Return to the Sources     63
A Theology of Communion     64
The Sensus Fidelium     66
The Law of Incarnation     68
The Hour of the Laity     69
Vatican II Opens the Door     70
Lumen Gentium     71
Priesthoodof the Faithful     73
Gifted with the Same Spirit     74
Relationship between the Laity and the Hierarchy     75
Gaudium et Spes     77
A Theology of the Actual     77
Theologically Prepared for the Mission     78
Apostolicam Actuositatem     80
An Ecclesiology of the People of God     81
Preparation to Be an Apostle     81
Conclusion     82
The Church Looks at Itself     84
From Vatican I to Vatican II     84
Changing the Unchangeable     87
Lumen Gentium: A Charter for Change     89
The Church Is a Mystery     91
The Church Is a Communion     98
The Church Is a Reality in the Making     108
Conclusion     114
Epilogue     118
The "Prophets"     118
The Documents of Vatican II     119
The Holy Spirit     121
The Future     121
Notes     123
Bibliography     142
Index     157
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