A Church Reborn: The Second Vatican Council 50th Anniversary Issue

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The National Catholic Reporter  published a special edition of the newspaper on October 11, 2012, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

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NCR has gathered many of the Church’s leading scholars and witnesses to the Church-changing council so you are there as it begins.

As you read the pages of this anniversary issue, you will be with these writers in the here-and-now. These scholars, witnesses and journalists will walk you through the subsequent history and implementation of the Council’s decrees, down to the present. Topics will range from collegiality to women’s congregations, human sexuality to theology, and on across the spectrum of subjects precious and essential to Catholic Christianity in a dynamic and changing Church.

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Issue contents:


  • John XIII as the council opens: Charles E. Curran
    Priest of the Rochester, N.Y., diocese, and the Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University in Dallas; author lately of The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church: A Theological Perspective (2011)
  • Council-at-a-glance: John O’Malley
    Professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University and author of What Happened at Vatican II and Trent: What Happened at the Council
  • Personal passages: Maureen Sullivan
    Associate professor of theology at St. Anselm College and author of 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II (2002) and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology (2007)
  • From NCR’s pages, 1964-65: Arthur Jones
    NCR’s books editor

The gathering storm

  • Continuity and discontinuity: Joseph A. Komonchak
    Retired priest of the New York archdiocese and professor emeritus of theology and religious studies at The Catholic University of America
  • Role of Pope Paul VI: Massimo Faggioli
    Assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas and author of Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning (2012)
  • Joseph Ratzinger and Vatican II: John Wilkins
    Former editor of The Tablet of London

Before and After

  • Catholic laywomen: Dolores Leckey
    Senior research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington
  • Collegiality: Ladislas Orsy
    Professor of philosophy of law and canon law at Georgetown University Law Center; was expert for several bishops during the council while teaching in Rome. His recent publication is Receiving the Council: Theological and Canonical Insights and Debates.
  • Ecumenism: Jesuit Fr. Howland Sanks
    Professor emeritus of historical and systematic theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
  • Human sexuality: Christine Firer Hinze
    Professor of theology and co-director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University
  • In the classroom: Jorge A. Aquino
    Assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches Latin American theology and religious history
  • The journalist: Desmond Fisher
    Former editor of The Catholic Herald, London, and former head of current affairs of Raidió Teilifís Éireann in Ireland
  • Laity: Paul Lakeland
    The Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut, and author most recently of Church: Living Communion (2009)
  • Liberation theology: Michelle A. Gonzalez
    Associate professor of religious studies at the University of Miami
  • Liturgy: Mary Collins
    Past prioress of Benedictine Sisters, Atchison, Kan., and professor emerita at the School of Theology and Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America in Washington
  • Music: Michael Joncas
    Presbyter of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, where he serves as associate professor of Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas
  • A bishop’s training: Raymond G. Hunthausen
    Retired archbishop of Seattle
  • Parish life: Richard T. Lawrence
    Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore since 1973, holds degrees in theology and spirituality from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and The Catholic University of America
  • Scripture: Jesuit Fr. John R. Donahue
    The Raymond E. Brown Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies (emeritus) at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore
  • Theology: Bradford E. Hinze
    Professor of theology at Fordham University, New York. He served as president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology, and president of the College Theology Society
  • Women’s congregations: Carole Shinnick
    School Sister of Notre Dame, served as executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious from 2002 to 2008, and now is a facilitator for communities of women religious
  • World religions: Fr. Ron Pachence
    Priest of the Savannah, Ga., diocese and a former Peace Corps volunteer, is professor and Department of Theology and Religious Studies chair at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1981

Younger visions

  • Alec J. Bernard, recent graduate with a biochemistry major from St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. He is attending Boston University to pursue a master’s degree in medical science.
  • Genesis Ibarra, a double major in theology and religious studies and Latin American studies from the University of San Francisco, has joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before continuing her graduate studies in theology
  • Thomas J. Nolan, a senior in theological studies at the University of San Diego
  • Kristen Raymond, recent graduate in nursing from St. Anselm College

The church ahead

  • Bishop Remi De Roo and evangelizing through Vatican II: Arthur Jones
  • A young mother’s view: Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier
    Assistant professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

In conclusion

  • Furthering the vision: Richard Gaillardetz
    The McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College

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