By Kevin Kelly
Vatican II isn't really prior background yet a treasure for us this present day. It has placed humans again on the centre of the Church's educating and pastoral ministry. studying what this implies in daily life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the full of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This number of his writings, previous and new, tells the tale of his fight to be trustworthy to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from adventure and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the outlet of Vatican II. Many at the present time are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II schedule. This publication reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is much from whole. among the issues coated are: classes from the 1980 nationwide Pastoral Congress; imaginative and prescient and Spirituality of a Vatican II parish; Being parish priest in a shared Catholic-Anglican church; Spirituality of Homosexual...
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My own belief is that it is greatest gift of the Spirit to the Church in our age. I feel that deeply in my bones, in my heart and in my mind. I know I am not alone in that. In fact, it was also the overwhelming conviction of the vast majority of the bishops attending the Council. So, although my enthusiasm for Vatican II is deeply personal, it is not something purely individualistic and subjective. I feel it links me to the faith of the whole church. This realisation has given me a sense of purpose.
We had never met each other and neither of us knew other moral theologians teaching in the seminaries. We both agreed that that was not a healthy situation. So we invited our colleagues to join us for an initial meeting in Manchester. Since then we have been meeting twice a year for residential weekends. It has proved to be a great source of inspiration and ongoing learning. At each meeting we discuss papers submitted and read in advance. This encourages a conversational methodology in which members are never out to score a point but are focussed on trying to help each other deepen our understanding of the topic under consideration.
It is like discarding or even burying a precious treasure that has been offered to us by the Spirit. In the fifty years following Vatican II I have had the great privilege of being involved in pastoral work in a variety of challenging and very exciting parish settings. During those years I have also taught and written as a moral theologian. Whenever possible, I have tried to combine both these ministries at one and the same time. I hope that has added a special pastoral dimension to my talks and writings over the years.
50 Years Receiving Vatican II. A Personal Odyssey by Kevin Kelly