In November 1975, a conference in Detroit on the ordination of women attracted over a thousand participants. One of the results was the determination to hold similar conferences around the country. In the Spring of 1976, an all-day meeting on the topic was held in the Borough of Queens, in New York City, and I was invited to speak at it.
I constructed my talk as a commentary on a document issued in 1973 by the Committee on Pastoral Research and Planning of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops that gave various arguments against ordaining women to the priesthood. I rapidly reviewed seven of those arguments and offered my opinion about them.
Meanwhile, the acts of the Detroit Conference were being prepared for publication. Someone alerted the editor, Sr. Anne Marie Gardiner, to my paper and she expressed a desire to include my talk in the volume, but because it was so late in the editorial process, it could appear only as an appendix to that book, Women and Catholic Priesthood: An Expanded Vision (New York: Paulist Press, 1976). My essay also appeared in The Catholic Mind, 75 (1977) 13-28.
It was to such movements, of course, that subsequent magisterial statements were to respond.
You will find the essay here: JAK – Ordination of Women
As the note on the page facing my page indicates, this essay originated as a study of the recent scholarly literature on the history of the discipline of sacerdotal celibacy.
JAK – Celibacy and Tradition
Here is an essay on the early theological work of the French Jesuit Henri de Lubac, S.J. I place it in the context of Church-world relations in mid-twentieth century theology.
JAK on de Lubac
This is one of the first articles I ever published. It appeared in a special issue of The Dunwoodie Review that represented a Festschrift in honor of Msgr. Myles M. Bourke.
JAK Redemptive Justice in Anselm
This essay reproduces the paper I delivered at the first Salamanca Conference, on the nature and future of episcopal conferences, held in Salamanca, Spain, January 3-8, 1988. The interdisciplinary conference was convoked as a way of responding to the call made at the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 for a study of the theological and canonical status of episcopal conferences.
JAK – Subsidiarity in the Church
Here is a copy of an essay that Fr. Yves Congar wrote on the ancient theme of the Church as Mother: Congar Mother Church
The longer version, in French, of the article can be found at: Yves Congar, “Au lecteur,” in Karl Delahaye, Ecclesia mater chez les Pères des trois premiers siècles: Pour un renouvellement de la Pastorale d’aujourd’hui (Unam Sanctam 46; Paris: du Cerf, 1964) pp. 7-32. This preface to the French translation of the work is dated 3 September 1963. Reading it, one feels that after the drama of the first session of the Second Vatican Council, Congar was expressing a feeling of liberation, and of vindication.
Here is the inaugural lecture which I delivered in 1996 upon assuming the Hubbard Chair in Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.
Here is an essay which discusses the last stages of the redaction of Gaudium et spes and the constrasting interpretations and evaluations of it that were offered right after the Council by three theologians who belonged to the “progressive” group at the Council. It was an effort both to show that the conciliar dynamics are not accurately analyzed as a battle between Cowboys and Indians and to explain in part the split that occurred among the conciliar majority after Vatican II.
JAK – Views of Gaudium et spes