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The Vision of Vatican II


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Prologue xiii
Principle 1: The Council/The Documents 3
Principle 2: Pastoral/Doctrinal 12
Principle 3: Proclamation/Dialogue 14
Principle 4: Ressourcement/Aggiornamento 17
Principle 5: Continuity/Reform 22
Principle 6: Vision/Reception 27
Principle 7: Revelation/Faith 39
Principle 8: Christological/Pneumatological 54
Principle 9: Mystery/Sacrament 81
Principle 10: Soteriological/Ecclesiological 100
Principle 11: Protological/Eschatological 109
Principle 12: Scripture/Tradition 141
Principle 13: Faith/History 165
Principle 14: Particular/Universal 188
Principle 15: Communio/Missio 200
Principle 16: Unity/Diversity 230
Principle 17: Ad Intra/Ad Extra 250
Principle 18: Fideles/Fidelis 259
Principle 19: People of God/Hierarchy 284
Principle 20: College of Bishops/Bishop of Rome 309
Principle 21: Magisterium/Theologians 336
Principle 22: Catholic/Ecumenical 371
Principle 23: Christian/Religious 425
Principle 24: Church/World 480
Epilogue: Receiving the Vision 533
Bibliography 547
Index of Names 585
Index of Subjects 591
Index of References to Council Documents

About the Author

Ormond Rush is a priest of the diocese of Townsville, Australia, with a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He currently lectures at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. His publications include Still Interpreting Vatican II: Some Hermeneutical Principles (New York: Paulist Press, 2004) and The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church's Reception of Revelation (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009).


"The Vision of Vatican II opens a new way to communicate the message of the Council, its sixteen documents and their international theological interpretations during the last 50 years. Ormond Rush manages to bring hundreds and hundreds of quotations of the conciliar texts and the theological references into a brilliant and transparent convergence. Rush does not pretend a critical evaluation of the documents. Yet the positive presentation of the `vision' guides the critical reader to discover the deficiencies in the actual reception of the Council and the discrepancies between the vision and the actual reality."Peter Hunermann, Professor Emeritus, University of Tubingen
"Well over five decades removed from Vatican II it can still be said that most Catholics, including many church leaders, are quite comfortable citing Vatican II while having little substantive comprehension of the council's most important contributions. For that reason, the entire church is in the debt of the Australian theologian Ormond Rush, who offers what is quite simply the most perceptive, accessible yet comprehensive articulation of why Vatican II still matters. His twenty-four principles synthesize the central and still quite compelling contributions of the council to the life of the church today. Moreover, Rush's brilliant articulation of the council's vision also illuminates the remarkable pontificate of Pope Francis who is, in so many ways, the preeminent `Pope of the Council.'"Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College
"Ormond Rush's The Vision of Vatican II develops an insightful and comprehensive matrix for understanding the council. The principles Rush proposes help readers to see Vatican II as a whole, while his careful attention to the council's history and documents aids exploration of conciliar themes. Rush's extensive scholarship and theological acumen makes The Vision of Vatican II a valuable and significant text for the ongoing interpretation and reception of Vatican II."Amanda C. Osheim, Endowed Professor of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program and Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Loras College, Dubuque, IA
"The Vision of Vatican II expands and caps Ormond Rush's already-significant contribution to conciliar scholarship. In its detail, depth, and its affirmation of the ways in which the council can continue to enrich the church, The Vision of Vatican II is a truly magisterial work. For everyone committed to the thriving of the church's mission in the world, this book will be a wonderful source of hope and encouragement."Richard Lennan, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
"In line with Pope Francis, Orm Rush wants church leaders, theologians, and all the faithful to receive and live the whole vision of Vatican II. Rush remains faithful to his conviction that one can use the `theo-logical' focus of Dei Verbum as a lens to interpret passages from other documents, but also grants a certain normativity to other documents of the mature Council (especially Ad Gentes and Gaudium et Spes). I was most impressed by Rush's ability to enrich his analysis of the different principles by combining sometimes unexpected references from different documents (intertextuality), such as using lines from Sacrosanctum Concilium to shed light on Nostra Aetate."Peter De May, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven
"This is a highly important work. Ormond Rush models a symphonic and intertextual reading of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, placing them in their historical context, attending to both authors and receivers, and revealing the trajectory of vital insights that invite fresh theological thinking. His application of sound hermeneutical principles carefully drawn from the orientations of the council itself exposes the limits of one-dimensional or facile interpretations of the council's teaching. Especially significant is Rush's contention that the council itself (and hence its interpretation) prioritizes the `theo-logical' over the ecclesiological-encounter with the living God through Christ and the Spirit over its various mediations in the scriptures, the liturgy, and the life of the church. Grounded in the best of recent scholarship, this book will stand for years to come as point of reference for students of the council and its teaching."Catherine E. Clifford, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada
"Ormond Rush is one of the absolute top experts in the interpretation of Vatican II. His book is a long-awaited event in the debate on the council. The Vision of Vatican II is one of the major studies of Vatican II in the last quarter of a century and belongs to the canon of required texts."Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology, Villanova University
"The book connects so many dots, the connecting of which itself has kept the Church together through so much."Fr. Bob Schrader

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