Newman on Vatican II

Hardcover | October 16, 2014

byIan Ker

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John Henry Newman is often described as "the Father of the Second Vatican Council". He anticipated most of the Council's major documents, as well as being an inspiration to the theologians who were behind them. His writings offer an illuminating commentary both on the teachings of the Counciland the way these have been implemented and interpreted in the post-conciliar period. This book is the first sustained attempt to consider what Newman's reaction to Vatican II would have been. As a theologian who on his own admission fought throughout his life against theological liberalism, yet whopioneered many of the themes of the Council in his own day, Newman is best described as a conservative radical who cannot be classed simply as either a conservative or liberal Catholic. At the time of the First Vatican Council, Newman adumbrated in his private letters a mini-theology of Councils,which casts much light on Vatican II and its aftermath.Noted Newman scholar, Ian Ker, argues that Newman would have greatly welcomed the reforms of the Council, but would have seen them in the light of his theory of doctrinal development, insisting that they must certainly be understood as changes but changes in continuity rather than discontinuity withthe Church's tradition and past teachings. He would therefore have endorsed the so-called "hermeneutic of reform in continuity" in regard to Vatican II, a hermeneutic first formulated by Pope Benedict XVI and subsequently confirmed by his successor, Pope Francis, and rejected both "progressive" andultra-conservative interpretations of the Council as a revolutionary event. Newman believed that what Councils fail to speak of is of great importance, and so a final chapter considers the kind of evangelization - a topic notably absent from the documents of Vatican II - Newman thought appropriatein the face of secularization.

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John Henry Newman is often described as "the Father of the Second Vatican Council". He anticipated most of the Council's major documents, as well as being an inspiration to the theologians who were behind them. His writings offer an illuminating commentary both on the teachings of the Counciland the way these have been implemented and ...

Ian Ker has taught both English literature and theology in universities in the United States and Britain, where he currently teaches in the theology faculty of the University of Oxford. He is the author of John Henry Newman: A Biography (1988), The Catholic Revival in English Literature, 1845-1961 (2003), and G. K. Chesterton: A Biog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 inPublished:October 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Conservative Radical2. The Hermeneutic of Change in Continuity3. Towards a Theology of Councils4. The Charismatic Church5. Some Unintended Consequences of Vatican II6. Secularization and the New EvangelizationConclusion