The first part studies the contributions of four Jesuit theologians at Vatican II: Card. Augustin Bea, in the biblical field and ecumenical dialogue (by Jared Wicks SJ); Henri de Lubac, in framing the relationship between the world and the Church (by Susan Wood); Otto Semmelroth, in ecclesiology (by Dennis Doyle); and John Courtney Murray, on religious freedom (by David Hollenbach, SJ).
Part two reflects on the Council s key themes by focusing on continuity and change, and in particular: a theological appraisal of Vatican II (by Christoph Theobald, SJ); the relationship between theologians and bishops at Vatican II (by John O Malley, SJ); a hermeneutical approach of the Council (by Peter Huenermann); and the issue of contraception at the Council (by Leslie Woodcock Tentler).
Part three examines the Council s engagements with the social and the public by studying: the Council's theology of worldy engagement (by Richard R. Gaillardetz); liturgical reform and the public role of the Catholic Church (by John F. Baldovin, SJ); the changes in moral theology and public Catholicism since Vatican II (by Lisa Sowle Cahill); and the new Catholic communities promoting grassroots democracy (by Bradford E. Hinze).
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