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July 23, 2017

Vatican II: Continuity and Discontinuity

In December 2005, Pope Benedict XVI devoted part of his Christmas talk to the Roman Curia to the interpretation, or hermeneutics, of the Second Vatican Council. His remarks, and especially his counter-posing of a “hermeneutics of rupture or discontinuity” to a “hermeneutics of reform,” were widely seen as a criticism of the so-called Bologna School and the five-volume History of Vatican II prepared by a team led by Giuseppe Alberigo. As a member of that international team, a contributor to two of the volumes, and editor of the English-language edition of the work, I took a special interest in the Pope’s remarks. Close analysis of the talk and in particular of his use of the Council’s teaching on religious freedom to illustrate the “hermeneutics of reform” convinced me that the Pope’s principal interest was not in rejecting the mythical Scuola bolognese, but in making an appeal to the followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for whom the Council’s text on religious freedom represented an unacceptable departure from the Church’s teaching on the matter. Here is the article in which I made this case:

JAK on Benedict XVI on VC2

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Vatican II as an “Event”

Filed under: Vatican II — Tags: , , — komonchak @ 2:18 pm

In the continuing debate about the interpretation and evaluation of the Second Vatican Council, whether and, if so, in what sense, it can be said to have been an “event.” The debate often is a dialogue of the deaf because people often mean different things by “event” and differ also as to whether it should be understood in a theological or an historical sense. Here are two essays in which I explore the historiographical implications of seeing the Council as an “event” and argue against purely or even primarily theological notions of the matter.

JAK Vatican II as Event

Interpreting Vatican II Leuven 2010

 

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

November 25, 2014

Modernity and the Construction of Roman Catholicism

Filed under: Essays, Vatican II — Tags: , — komonchak @ 4:24 pm

JAK Modernity & RCism

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

November 21, 2013

Vatican II and the new Code of Canon Law

Filed under: Essays, Vatican II — Tags: , — komonchak @ 8:14 pm

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

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

August 26, 2013

US proposals for the Council’s agenda

Filed under: Vatican II — Tags: , , — komonchak @ 8:06 pm

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

Draft of a dogmatic constitution on the Church

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.

Draft of De Ecclesia Chs 1-11

LG Draft ch 1 – 2013

LG Draft ch 2 – 2013

LG Draft ch 3 – 2013

LG Draft ch 4 – 2013

LG Draft ch 5 – 2013

LG Draft ch 6 – 2013

LG Draft ch 7 – 2013

LG Draft ch 8 – 2013

LG Draft ch 9 – 2013

LG Draft ch 10 – 2013

LG Draft ch 11 – 2013

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