Spring-Summer 2012

“Keeping the World Awake to God”: The Challenge of Vatican II

Opening Remarks: The Promise of the Council and of a New Evangelization

Carl A. Anderson

“The promise of the council and the promise of a new evangelization can be realized when the ‘splendor of Christ’ truly radiates from millions of Christian families.”

The Significance of Vatican II

Cardinal Francis George

"The Church should use her own internal unity as a leaven in order to restore the unity of the human race."

“Ever Ancient, Ever New”: Jesus Christ as the Concrete Analogy of Being

D.C. Schindler

“Jesus Christ not only is the ultimate meaning of things, but at the same time truly gives meaning to things, and perhaps the most radical form of this gift is to receive meaning from them.”

The Original Best: The "Coextensiveness" of Being and Love in Light of GS, 22

Adrian J. Walker

"Love is 'the meaning of being.'"

Catholicity and the Mission of the Church

Roch Kereszty

“The Church is catholic because she has the fullness of Christ’s revelation and self-communication; she can heal the sins of all human beings and adorn them with all the virtues and charisms.”

Holiness, World, and the Meaning of Work

Giorgio Buccellati

“Even the most active Christian action does not spring from a totally autonomous center, because our autonomy is rooted in responding as much as in initiating. We must act without ultimate control on the modality of the outcome.”

What Kind of a World of Grace? De Lubac and the Council’s Christological Center

William L. Portier

“The integration between the human and divine sides of the human vocation can fail on one side or the other. The hope for integration is always in via. Historically unstable rather than once for all, it requires the pursuit of holiness in the world in every generation.”

John Paul II’s Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council

Jarosław Kupczak

“Wojtyła . . . managed to divert the text of Dignitatis humanae from political deliberations about the proper relation between Church and the state . . . to a deep anthropological reflection about the necessary conditions of actus fidei, and the relation of the human person to his own conscience and to the truth.”

Family and the Identity of the Person

David S. Crawford

“If personal identity is not simply reducible to familial relations, it nevertheless is substantially rooted in them. If we are to ‘see’ or to ‘know’ the new marriage and the new family, the fleshly one must make its contribution precisely in its visibility.”

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Gaudium et spes and the Intelligibility of Modern Science

Larry Chapp

“Dialectical realism demands that we take the Christian faith seriously as a truth claim and, therefore, that we take seriously the further claim that Christianity can create a metaphysical worldview capable of indirectly influencing the course of particular scientific research projects.”

The Interventions of Karol Wojtyła at Vatican II

Cardinal Angelo Scola

“The council, according to Wojtyła, should elaborate a firmly-grounded truth about man that testifies to how the religious aptitude is the fullness of man’s rationality, his fulfillment, and by no means his alienation.”