WINNER, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - VATICAN II ANNIVERSARY 1st Place
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, the Church is still grappling with the meaning and implications of this defining event and the documents it generated. Rather than rehearse well-worn debates over the interpretation of the Council, the contributors to this volume instead focus on where we go from here. What can we do now, with the inspiration of these teachings in a starkly different world? How do we chart a future for the Church from the standpoint of today? These questions are colored by the new atmosphere created by Pope Francis, who has resoundingly endorsed the Council's program for the Church and urged an openness to follow where the spirit leads.
Topics include the principle of collegiality, the call to justice, the authority of conscience and religious liberty, interreligious dialogue, the role of women, the laity, and the future of ordained ministry.
CONTRIBUTORS: Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn, Jerome Baggett, Barbara Green, O.P., Sally Vance-Trembath, William Ditewig, Paul Lakeland, Leon Hooper, S.J., David DeCosse, Catherine Cornille, Kristin Heyer, Bryan Massingale, Albert and Barbara Gelpi
"Amidst the deluge of conferences, symposia, articles and monographs on the Second Vatican Council comes this remarkable collection of essays. This collection stands out however, by the extraordinary quality of the scholarship and the welcome emphasis, not just on what Vatican II accomplished, but on where the council is taking us into the future. For those of us who are convinced that Vatican II was not just another ecumenical council, but a crucial ecclesial marker directing the church into the future, this volume will offer a valuable interpretive guide." --Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
Paul Crowley, S.J., is Jesuit Community Professor at Santa Clara University. He has written several books, including Unwanted Wisdom: Suffering,the Cross, and Hope (Continuum, 2005), and has edited Robert McAfee Brown: Spiritual and Prophetic Writings (Orbis 2013).
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