We have a separation (if not sometimes an opposition) between the historical hermeneutic of the Council (what historians know and say about Vatican II
), the theological hermeneutic (what use theologians make of Vatican II
), and the institutional hermeneutic (what use the church as an institution makes of Vatican II
in its bureaucratic and governmental aspects).
For instance, the Romanian Orthodox Dumitru Staniloae, who developed an original and valuable ecclesiology as well as clear positions regarding Vatican II
, is presented only very briefly and unfortunately based entirely on indirect sources, i.
To this end, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, a former Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and a distinguished scholar of Vatican II
, has recently published a book entitled Papal Primacy and the Episcopate: From the First Millennium to the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council.
was announced by Pope John XXIII in January, 1959 (Congar became a peritus in July, 1960); it gained momentum, however, only three-and-a-half years later, after a period of fruitless struggles with the Roman Curia.
Crucial questions must be answered: Has Vatican II
moved forward, carried backward, or arrested to a standstill?
the only American woman who was an official observer at Vatican II
adopted, instead, the literary form of the panegyric, "the painting of an idealized portrait in order to excite admiration and appropriation" (47).
According to the pontiff, "the implementation of the council has been somewhat difficult" because a "hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture" has dominated the popular understanding of what Vatican II
did for the Catholic Church.
O'Malley's new book, What Happened at Vatican II
, takes on an importance that easily transcends the boundaries of specialized research.
Introducing modern and progressive visions for and of the church, Beyond Vatican II
conceptually analyzes and concisely documents the variations occurring between neo-traditionalists and traditionalists and the churches questionable pursuits with the multitude of smaller sects seeking differences from the fundamentally inclined notions of the Pope and the Vatican.
This makes Andrew Greeley's intention to write no less than "a sociological history of Catholicism in the United States in the last half of the twentieth-century (14)" with a focus on Vatican II
Written by two priests who are identical twins and members of the Congregation of the Mary Immaculate Queen, Tumultuous Times: Twenty General Councils of the Catholic Church & Vatican II
and Its Aftermath is an exhaustive look at the history of the Catholic religion.
The process nature of reception means that this paper makes no claims to being a definitive account of the reception of Vatican II
The worldwide meeting of bishops and cardinals convened by Pope John XXIII in the 1960s became known as Vatican II
, and instituted various changes in the church, such as allowing the Mass to be said in languages other than Latin and permitting communion to be given hand to hand by nonordained church members.
Some ultra-conservative Catholics have never been happy with Vatican II
, considering it a cave-in to theological liberalism.