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Monday, January 17, 2022

Literature: from "What Happened at Vatican II" by Fr. John O'Malley, S.J.

 T'he vocabulary employed by the form is the key to unlocking what is at stake...

Among the words are brothers/sisters, friendship, cooperation, collaboration, partnership, freedom, dialogue, pilgrim, servant (Monarch), development, evolution, charism, dignity, holiness, conscience, collegiality, people of God, priesthood of all believers. Liberty, equality, and fraternity, as well as other previously unwelcome guests, knocked at the door and gained entrance to the feast. A simple pairing of the models implied by this vocabulary with the models it replaced or balanced conveys the import of this issue-under-the-issues.

It suggests, indeed, that at stake were almost two different visions of Catholicism: from commands to invitations, from laws to ideals, from definition to mystery, from threats to persuasion, from coercion to conscience, from monologue to dialogue, from ruling to serving, from withdrawn to integrated, from vertical to horizontal, from exclusion to inclusion, from hostility to friendship, from rivalry to partnership, from suspicion to trust, from static to ongoing, from passive acceptance to active engagement, from fault-finding to appreciation, from prescriptive to principled, from behavior modification to inner-appropriation....

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