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TITLE The Church in between Two Councils: 1563-1965

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Church History, Patrology and Palaeochristian Arch

DESCRIPTION Certain issues within the Church herself have, after being clarified or at least identified during the Council of Trent, reached their development in Vatican Council II. There is a continuity within development reflected throughout Church history between the development of doctrine and teaching, clarified through the process of time as is seen in the Church between the two Councils: Trent and Vatican II.

The relation between the Church and the world expressed in Church- State relationship from the French Revolution to the EU Lisbon Treaty is dealt with and analysed: is the secular state so secular as to exclude religion from public life?

The evangelization of peoples and culture from the new world discoveries to Ad Gentes; the Church and society have seen an ebb and flow and a struggle to understand each other, the Church in the age of the Industrial revolution and the beginning of the formal social teaching of the magisterium are such an example.

Christian Unity and dialogue among Christians has not been an easy journey. Church history shows us how that journey has been travelled and how many issues once thought to be insurmountable have been overcome –after purification- by the Church.

The main topics are gathered under six units:

- Sacrosanctum Concilium. From the Council of Trent to Vatican Council II: Reform and Aggiornamernto / Resourcement within the Church.
- Ad Gentes. Evangelisation and the Church’s Missionary Activity; the Rites Controversies; The Paraguay Reductions. The XIX century and early XX century evangelization process.
- Sacrosantum Concilium: Liturgical, spiritual and theological catholic movements and controversy- Jansenism and Quietist; Americanism; Modernism.
- Gaudium et Spes. Religion and Politics from the Absolute Confessional State to the Democratic State.
- Unitatis Redintegratio. The Church and Christian Unity from the Wars of Religion to the Ecumenical Movement.
- Rerum Novarum/ Centesimus Annus. The Industrial Revolution and Catholic Social Doctrine. Human Rights and the Contemporary Church.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to help students to learn, interpret and analyze Modern and Contemporary Church History.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Have a sound knowledge of and an ability to analyze the main issues which the Church faced and lived from 1563-1965.
- Appreciate the development of long term solutions to areas regarding Church reform; Church, State and civil society; Christian Unity; Evangelization; Church and social issues and human rights.
- Have a deeper knowledge and love for Jesus Christ as He works throughout history and the Church's history which reflects a divine and human institution, holy and yet made up of sinful members!

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to read the signs of the times in today's ecclesiology.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- BIHLMEYER K.-H. TUECHLE, Storia della Chiesa, III-IV, Brescia 1959-1983.
- BIRELEY, Robert, The Refashioning of Catholicism, 1450-1700, England 1999.
- **FlICHE, A-V. Martin Storia della Chiesa, ed. italiana E. Da Verloi, Torino 1997, cf. vols. XVIII/1- XX/2.
- ***JEDIN, Hubert (ed) History of the Church, 10 vols., London 1981, cf. vols. V- X. (UOM Library)
- **Giuseppe Alberigo, (ed) Storia Del Cristianesimo dalle origini ai giorni nostri , cf. vols. VII-XIII. (Major Seminary Library)
- **ROGIER, R-R. AUBERT- M.D. KNOWLES, Nouvelle Histoire De l'Eglise, 5 vols., Paris 1963. (The English translation is found under the title of The Christian Centuries, cf. vols. III- V). (UOM Library)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nicholas Joseph Rev Doublet
Konrad Grech

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