A hermeneutic of discontinuity

February 2009
Catholic New Times;2/16/2009, p12
The author looks at how Catholics can understand the changes in the Church since the Second Vatican Council in terms of whether certain developments constitute a rupture with tradition, or they should be considered examples of growth in the Church's life. He discusses the conditions under which a development counts as a rupture. He suggests that to make positive sense of the changes in the Church, a deeper sensitivity to the real variety within history, a deep trust in the working of the Spirit, and a reasonable hermeneutic of discontinuity are needed.


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