This Friday “Essays in Theology” will mark its 45th anniversary. The column began on July 8, 1966, seven months after the adjournment of the Second Vatican Council.
Most of the commentary which this column has provided over the years has been designed to assist Catholics to appreciate the significance of the council and to apply its teachings to the life of the Church in their parishes, dioceses, and nations, and indeed to the universal Church itself.
The column began quite unintentionally. After returning from two years of doctoral studies in Rome, I wrote a three-part series on the task of theology today with the hope of having it published in my archdiocesan paper, The Catholic Transcript.
When I submitted the articles to the editor, Msgr. John S. Kennedy, he suggested that I do a weekly column.
And so these essays began to be published in early July, 1966, and have been published ever since. The only time the column had to be suspended, for health reasons, was for three months last fall and into January of this year.