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.
JAK Concepts of Communion
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
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