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TITLE Rediscovering Vatican 2: Implications, Assessment and its Reception

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION This study-unit intends to offer a synthetic and comprehensive view of the Second Vatican Council. The first intercontinental and intercultural council in the history of Christianity is presented by some as "unfinished business". Following in the footsteps of the Council Fathers, students will also reflect on the nature and identity of the Church in relation to the contemporary world. During this study-unit, students will assess the main perspectives of the Council, its implementation and its reception. Hence, with creative fidelity they will be able to see the way forward for the Church, so desired and hoped for by the Council.

Study-unit Aims

1.To identify and highlight Vatican Council II's central inspirations, fundamental concerns and theological insights:

2. To understand the implications of Vatican II's renewed reflection of the Church and its engagement with the world;

3. To evaluate its reception by Catholics and others in the light of the twenty-first century challenges and pastoral realities.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

* acquire a deeper understanding of the context of Vatican II and its effects on the Church and on society;

* appreciate what lies behind the 16 documents of the Council and their relevance, if any, to ecclesial life.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

* grasp the contemporary hermeneutic of continuity with Vatican II and what came before this event in the life of the Church:

* transmit to those he/she encounters in pastoral placements the Council's call to renewal of Christian life.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

LATOURELLE Rene (ed.), Vatican II. Assessment and Perspectives, Vol. 1-3, Paulist, New York 1988. (University Library)

MARCHETTO Agostino, II Concilio Vaticana II, LEV, Citta del Vaticano 2005.
(Foundation for Theological Studies Library, Tal-Virtu)

VORGRIMLER Herbert (ed.) Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II, 5 Vol., Burns & Oates - Herder and Herder, London - New York 1967 (university Library)

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Basic knowledge of Theology

Pre-requisite Study-units: Christian Thought and Practice (or equivalent)


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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