Is the Spirit of Vatican II ready for retirement? Nov 8, 2010 21:49:25 GMT
Post by assisi on Nov 8, 2010 21:49:25 GMT
The first, which I would call "orthodox" and others would call "conservative" is the "hemeneutic of continuity". This holds that the Council should be interpreted with reference to previous doctrine and practice.
The second is "the hermeneutic of rupture" which exists in various forms, some milder versions being compatible with orthodoxy. The most radical version would hold that the essence of Vatican II lies in breaking with previous forms of Catholicism - a sort of ecclesiastical Maoist belief in cultural revolution.
The first paragraph of Lumen Gentium would seem to favour the idea of the 'hemeneutic of continuity':
1. Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this Sacred Synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature,(1) to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church. Since the Church is in Christ like a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race, it desires now to unfold more fully to the faithful of the Church and to the whole world its own inner nature and universal mission. This it intends to do following faithfully the teaching of previous councils. The present-day conditions of the world add greater urgency to this work of the Church so that all men, joined more closely today by various social, technical and cultural ties, might also attain fuller unity in Christ.