Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Will the real Hermeneutic of Continuity please stand up ?

Just really enjoyed reading an "Appreciation of Edward Schillebeeckx (part 2)" to be found on Bilgrimage Blog. The following passage from the appreciation struck a chord, especially in the light of many who want to position the 2nd Vatican Council at a convenient point, somewhere on an invisible spectrum of 'tradition.' A BIG thankyou to William D. Lindsey

"Many of those who now combat Vatican II argue that this ecumenical council was a radical departure from the tradition, that it rejected the tradition and flung the doors of the church open to a contemporary secularism that represents a wholesale departure from longstanding tradition.

In fact, the opposite is the case. The ecclesiology of Vatican II returns to more ancient, more venerable understandings of the church found in the texts of the New Testament and in patristic theology. It corrects what was in itself an innovation on the tradition—the ecclesiology of Trent-Vatican I—by reminding the church that the perfect society model and the fortress church model that developed in the Counter-Reformation and modern periods are themselves innovative ecclesiologies—new developments in the tradition not conspicuously rooted in scripture and patristic theology."

Do have a look at the whole article Part 1, and Part 2

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