Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning

2012-2013 Ignatian Lecture

Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning

This lecture will address the history of the debate regarding Vatican II. The debate looks at four phases of the council: first phase (1960-1965), Vatican II receiving itself; second phase (1965-1980), the council received and acknowledged vs rejection by the Lefebvrites; third phase (1980-1990), the council enforced; fourth phase (1990-2000), Vatican II historicized. The talk will focus on the core issues in the interpretation of the council today: Vatican II as a beginning or as renewal; the intertextual dymamic of the council texts; change and historicity in theology and in the Church. The talk will offer some hints about the 'clash of narratives' regarding Vatican II and restore the council in its historical and theological dimensions.

Massimo Faggioli


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Massimo Faggioli, PhD

Dr. Faggioli worked in the "John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies" in Bologna between 1996 and 2008, and received his PhD from the University of Turin in 2002. He is an Assistant Professor of History of Modern Christianity, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Faggioli is a member of the research network, "The Lived History of Vatican II" at the University of Notre Dame, and was recently awarded the first Peter R. D'Agostino Research Travel Grant. He writes regularly for Italian newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics, gives public lectures on the Church and on Vatican II, and is co-chair of the new study group 'Vatican II Studies' for the American Academy of Religion. His book, Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning was published in 2012 by Paulist Press. Liturgical Press will be publishing Dr. Faggioli's upcoming book, The Implications of the Liturgical Reform of Vatican II.

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 7:30pm
Siegfried Hall(1036)
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Ignatian Lecture Fund