In 2003 I was honored to be invited to deliver the Fifth Annual Lecture of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, which was then published as a pamphlet which you can find here, along with the response of Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk.
April 24, 2015
In 1961, a year before Vatican II opened, Fr. Yves Congar gave a lecture on diversity and divisions within the Church that is still worth reading and pondering. Here is my translation of it: Congar Diversity and Divisions
June 26, 2014
The extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops was convoked by Pope John Paul II to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. I attended the Synod and wrote a couple of pieces afterwards. One appeared in French as the Introduction to a volume that gathered a great deal of documentation about the event. The original English can be found here: Introduction to Synode Extraordinaire
Another article appeared in Chicago Studies and can be found here: Notion of the Church at Synod 1985
Here is an essay on how the Church was conceived of as a communion in post-Reformation theology and at Vatican II.
October 17, 2013
Below are two essays I published on Vatican II’s vision of the Church. You will see that they somewhat overlap.
September 12, 2013
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.
November 20, 2012
Here are a few essays of mine on the relationship between theologians and the teaching office of the Church.
October 10, 2012
Last week the University of Dayton honored me by bestowing the Marianist Award on me. I devoted the lecture I gave on that occasion to some autobiographical reflections on how I came to approach ecclesiology the way I do. The text of my lecture will be made available later, but here’s the video of it: .
May 27, 2012
My little book with that title collected in its first part some essays on Lonergan and Ecclesiology. These were followed in the second part by the re-worked and developed lectures I gave as the St. Michael’s Lectures at Conzaga University in 1975.
The first part is Foundations JAK
The second part is: Foundations 2 JAK