"In verbo veritatis" (2 Cor 6:7)

December 28, 2017

Humani generis and “la ‘nouvelle théologie'”

This chapter in the book Ressourcement is adapted from a talk I gave at the the convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – June 8, 2001. This is the first paragraph of that talk:

Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical, Humani generis. The anniversary does not appear to have been celebrated anywhere. When I was in Rome a month ago, I inquired at the Libreria Vaticana located in St. Peter’s Square about any symposia that might have been held and published for the event. Not only did the clerk not know of any such commemoration, he was not even able to find a copy of the encyclical for sale. Inquiries at other bookstores in Rome had the same result. La Civiltà Cattolica took no notice of the anniversary and, to judge from the English-language edition, neither did L’Osservatore Romano. The annual indices of Documentation Catholique and of Origins list no mention. Now it is hard to prove a negative, so it is risky to say that no one anywhere noted the anniversary, but there is a good chance that the Catholic Theological Society of America is the only body in all of Christendom that has marked the occasion, and even we are meeting a year late.

JAK – Humani generis

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April 24, 2015

Congar: Diversity and Divisions

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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

October 5, 2013

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR – OCTOBER 4, 1998 – BLESSED SACRAMENT

The scripture readings today have in common the theme of faith. Both meanings of that word are presented for our reflection. To prepare for the Gospel words about faith the size of a mustard seed, the OT reading from the prophet Habakkuk was chosen because of the last line: “The just man shall live because of his faith.” This, of course, is the statement that in the Epistle to the Romans St. Paul cited as proof of his fundamental doctrine that we are justified, not by our own works, but by faith in the free mercy of God in Jesus Christ. In all of these texts the emphasis falls on the subjective meaning of the word “faith”: the act of believing. “Increase our faith,” the apostles ask the Lord.

It is the objective meaning of faith that is the focus of Paul’s charge to Timothy in the second reading: (more…)

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.

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