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Sweeney, James (2009) How should we remember Vatican II?”. New Blackfriars, 90 (1026), pp. 251-260. [Journal Article]

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2008.01271.x
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    What happened at Vatican II and the significance of its decisions is strongly contested in the Church today. There is a struggle over the memory of the Council. It is suggested that two hermeneutics are in use, continuity versus discontinuity. On the one hand, it is said that privileging the ‘event’ of the Council as the interpretative key for reading its documents leads to an ideological distortion and introduces discontinuity with tradition. On the other hand, it is held that the continuity thesis plays down the real changes the Council introduced and, while unexceptional as a theological principle, it is being deployed as a polemical ideology, restricting necessary change. This article distinguishes between theological principle and experience in relation to continuity/discontinuity. It argues that the event of the Council is to be found as much in its effects in the Church at large as what took place in Rome. It analyses the phenomenology of change at both levels and concludes that the tensions between the need for continuity and the impulses of discontinuity need to be recognised and worked with rather than repressed.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New Blackfriars
    Department: Pastoral and Social Studies
    Depositing User: Dr James Sweeney
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:58
    Last Modified: 08 Nov 2011 11:56
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/769

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