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
November 25, 2014
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.
November 21, 2013
My essay on this topic is available at: http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/assr_0335-5985_1986_num_62_1_2405
October 17, 2013
Below are two essays I published on Vatican II’s vision of the Church. You will see that they somewhat overlap.
August 26, 2013
The first implementation of Pope John’s announcement of his intention to convoke an ecumenical council (January 25, 1959) was the invitation sent to all the bishops of the world to submit suggestions (vota) for the conciliar agenda. A good number of studies have been published about the proposals sent in by various episcopates throughout the world. Two decades ago, I did a study of the vota submitted by the U.S. bishops as they could be found in the official Acta of the ante-preparatory period. In a few cases I was able to find documentation about how the proposals of certain bishops were prepared, but the great majority of them I knew only from their published form. If anyone is looking for a good topic for a doctoral dissertation, I can suggest that he complete (and no doubt correct) my investigations which can be found here: JAK US Bishops vota
July 27, 2013
Here below you can find the eleven chapters of the draft De Ecclesia elaborated by the preparatory Theological Commission for Vatican II. I apologize that they are not a single file, but I haven’t figured out how to combine several pdf documents to make a single one. The “2013” in the file name is there only to remind me of when I made the last revisions to my translation. But now Alan Aversa has kindly sent me all eleven chapters as a single file, and I will put that first, followed by the single chapters in case someone wants to use only one of them.
The Latin text of this schema can be found in two places: in the volume distributed to the Council Fathers during the first session: Schemata Constitutionum et Decretorum de quibus disceptabitur in Concilii sessionibus. Series secunda: De Ecclesia et de B. Maria Virgine (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1962) 7-90; and in the official acta of the first session: Acta Synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Oecumenici Vaticani II, Vol. I, Pars IV (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1971), 12-122.
The official acta are still for sale, I believe, but not the original volume distributed sub secreto at the Council.
If you make use of these translations, please acknowledge the source.
February 10, 2013
Here is an essay on what role St. Thomas and his thought played at the Second Vatican Council:
January 28, 2012
One of the first steps in the preparation of Vatican II was the Vatican’s soliciting of recommendations for the conciliar agenda from the world’s bishops, from the heads of clerical religious orders, from Catholic universities and faculties, and from the offices of the Roman Curia.
I published two articles on the responses of the U.S. bishops, first a lengthy one published as “U.S. Bishops’ Suggestions for Vatican II,” Cristianesimo nella Storia 15 (1994) 313-71, and then in summary form in Commonweal under the title “What They Said Before the Council: How the U.S. Bishops Envisioned Vatican II,” Commoweal 117 (1990) 714-17. I have made them both available here.