History of the world and of current-day Church incomprehensible without Vatican II, says Spanish theologian

.- In comments marking the 40th anniversary of the close of Vatican II, the renowned Spanish theologian Father Olegario Gonzalez de Cardenal said given the “moral weight of Catholicism in the world,” the history of the Church, the world and Spain is incomprehensible without “taking into account what that Council meant and what has come from it.”

In an article published by the Spanish daily ABC, Father Cardenal noted, “The history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century is no longer comprehensible without Vatican II. The same is true for the history of Spain. Moreover, given the moral weight of Catholicism in the world, with its 1.5 billion members, with its presence in every geographic corner of the world and its specific vision of the meaning of human life, the history of the world in this century is also incomprehensible without taking into account what that Council meant and what has come from it. Just think of Poland, of John Paul II and the events of 1989.”

“As an internal event of the Catholic Church,” Father Cardenal continued, “it was normal in one sense and revolutionary in another. Normal because the collective search for truth is a constant in the history of the Church, together with the communitarian dimension of her expression and the ultimate decision regarding her dogmatic contents and moral demands by way of a material or representative meeting of all of the bishops.”

Nevertheless, he explained, the Council was also revolutionary “because of its proposal to rectify past history by establishing a profound connection between the Christian conscience and modernity; to bring together the best social projects and hopes with the power of the Gospel; to create attitudes, expressions and institutions in the Church that aren’t ambiguous but rather demonstrate her true essence and her mission to be God’s sign for the world.”

Vatican II and Spain

According to Father Cardenal, the history of Spain in the 20th century is “incomprehensible without that which Vatican II unleashed, liberated, made possible and demanded.”

“Of the four transitions which have given birth to modern-day Spain (economic in 1959 with the development plans; religious in 1962-1965 with Vatican II; political in 1978 with the new Constitution; and moral and cultural, with the sharing of power between the different political parties), the religious transition was the most radical and complete, because it affected the personal and moral roots of the conscience, where everything either comes together or is torn apart.”
Lastly, Father Cardenal notes that “religious freedom could not be an island in an ocean without other freedoms; in its wake these other freedoms had to come.  Out of the spirit of the Council came the need for unity, reconciliation, consensus and peace in justice.  This is the moral foundation of the transition to reconciliation in a democratic Spain.”

“To try to forget, deny, or alter the meaning of these events is to violently turn the history we have experienced on its head and sow new seeds of uncivil discord,” he said in conclusion.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: