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August 30, 2019

Episcopal conferences

Filed under: Essays, Foundations in Ecclesiology, Uncategorized — Tags: , — komonchak @ 5:04 pm

The Final Report of the 1985 Synod of Bishops called for a clarification of the theological and canonical nature of episcopal conferences. Even though the Report could be taken to be calling for theologians and canon lawyers to undertake that task, the Vatican took this to mean that they should appoint a committee to do the clarifying.  The result of this was an “Instrumentum laboris” (working paper) sent out to the bishops of the world.  It would receive severe criticisms from many episcopates, including that of the USA for which I wrote a lengthy critique which was adopted by the bishops.

A symposium on episcopal conferences was held at Georgetown University, the results of which were published in a book. I was asked to write an introduction explaining what the controversies were that surrounded the institution and then to offer a theological assessment of the working paper. Both essays are available here: JAK – Two essays on episcopal conferences .

The official text that came out of the Vatican effort is entitled Apostolos suos. It will be seen that the critiques of the draft had little effect, and this text presented a very narrow vision of the conferences which are basically seen as threats to the pope or to diocesan bishops, or to both.

Pope Francis has asked that the question of the role and authority of episcopal conferences be re-opened. These essays, then, if of little effect forty years ago, may have some pertinence today.

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December 19, 2018

Performative Ecclesiology

I was asked to participate in a little symposium on Giuseppe Ruggieri’s book Chiesa sinodale; it has just been published in Cristianesimo nella Storia. The introduction by Silvia Scatena is in Italian, but my piece is in English.  What I mean by “performative ecclesiology” will be clear, I hope, from this little essay. Briefly it means that ecclesiology should never forget that the Church is not a “thing,” but is en-acted in and as the subjectivity and inter-subjectivity of its members.  Comments, questions, disagreements are all welcome.

JAK – Performative ecclesiology

November 24, 2017

Toward a synodal Church

Filed under: Essays, Foundations in Ecclesiology — komonchak @ 8:42 pm

This is the paper I gave at a Vatican symposium devoted to re-thinking and re-structuring the Synod of Bishops, in February 2016. I attempt to identify the reasons why some cannot understand the need for synodality, co-responsibility at all levels.

JAK – Synodality

April 24, 2015

Diversity and Disagreement

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.

JAK Diversity and Disagreement

Congar: Diversity and Divisions

Filed under: Foundations in Ecclesiology — Tags: , — komonchak @ 2:52 pm

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 Synod of 1985

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

Concepts of Communion

Filed under: Foundations in Ecclesiology — Tags: , , , — komonchak @ 1:48 pm

Here is an essay on how the Church was conceived of as a communion in post-Reformation theology and at Vatican II.

JAK Concepts of Communion

October 17, 2013

Ecclesiology of Vatican II

Filed under: Foundations in Ecclesiology, Vatican II — Tags: , , , — komonchak @ 11:15 am

Below are two essays I published on Vatican II’s vision of the Church.  You will see that they somewhat overlap.

JAK Ecclesiology of Vatican II

JAK Ecclesiology of Vatican II – 2

September 12, 2013

Mother Church

Filed under: Essays, Foundations in Ecclesiology — Tags: , , — komonchak @ 10:05 am

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

Essays on the magisterium and theology

Filed under: Essays, Foundations in Ecclesiology — komonchak @ 9:03 am

Here are a few essays of mine on the relationship between theologians and the teaching office of the Church.

JAK Authority and Conversion

JAK Magisterium & theologians

JAK Church & Theology

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