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

By Kevin Kelly

Vatican II isn't really prior heritage 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 lifestyle has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the complete of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This choice of his writings, outdated and new, tells the tale of his fight to be trustworthy to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from event and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's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 schedule. This ebook reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is much from entire. one of many themes 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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That would be beyond me, especially at this time in my life. All I am trying to do is share with readers some of what ‘receiving Vatican II’ has meant to me over the years. For much of the time I have been able to combine my teaching and research as a moral theologian with my pastoral ministry in a number of exciting and challenging placements in Liverpool Archdiocese. That has been a wonderful opportunity for what my good friend, Jack Mahoney SJ, has described as ‘making faith-sense of experience and experience-sense of faith’.

I feel it links me to the faith of the whole church. This realisation has given me a sense of purpose. Maybe, by sharing some of my writings and reflections over the years since Vatican II, I might be able to make a little contribution to a combined Golden Jubilee process of rekindling the Spirit of Vatican II and giving a new impetus to the reawakening of its vision in the church. After a talk I gave on one occasion a woman said to me, ‘Thank you for what you said. ’ I know I am not an original thinker.

A fuller version of the kind of approach I put forward is found in a later chapter of this book. Such an approach obviously has implications for an issue such as disagreeing with ‘official’ Church teaching. This is an issue which refuses to go away. I get the impression that the heavy-handed way many European bishops today are interpreting Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican document on Catholic Universities, is leading to a situation where the only form of moral theology seminarians will be exposed to is one of strict compliance with ‘official’ teaching.

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