50 Years Receiving Vatican II. A Personal Odyssey by Kevin Kelly

By Kevin Kelly

Vatican II isn't really prior background yet a treasure for us this present day. It has positioned humans again on the centre of the Church's instructing and pastoral ministry. studying what this implies in daily life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the total of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This number of his writings, previous and new, tells the tale of his fight to be trustworthy to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from event and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the hole of Vatican II. Many this day are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II time table. This booklet reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is way from whole. one of the issues coated are: classes from the 1980 nationwide Pastoral Congress; imaginative and prescient and Spirituality of a Vatican II parish; Being parish priest in a shared Catholic-Anglican church; Spirituality of Homosexual...

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My appreciation of the complexity of this living tradition deepened as a result of my doctoral work on conscience and the Caroline divines, a group of mainly Anglican theologians in seventeenth-century England who kept alive the very fertile insights of Aquinas on conscience and the virtue of prudence. This was at a time when the neo-Scholastics were sucking the lifeblood out of this tradition and reducing prudence to a fearful cautiousness instead of seeing it as a virtue of creative initiative in the face of the exigencies of real life with all its particularities.

108-120, pp. 174-186, pp. 261-275, pp. 330-349 & pp. 803-808) that Humanae Vitae presented the Church with something new and that we needed time to weigh up and wrestle with its teaching. I recognised that, though it was a word spoken by legitimate authority, it might not be the last word or even the best word. I felt we needed to reflect on it before we could responsibly disagree with it and reject its teaching. However, I did recognise that it was a matter with immediate and practical consequences for the lives of married couples.

We both agreed that that was not a healthy situation. So we invited our colleagues to join us for an initial meeting in Manchester. Since then we have been meeting twice a year for residential weekends. It has proved to be a great source of inspiration and ongoing learning. At each meeting we discuss papers submitted and read in advance. This encourages a conversational methodology in which members are never out to score a point but are focussed on trying to help each other deepen our understanding of the topic under consideration.

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