2012-08-19 Sydney: Theology Study Days for 2012
Australian Catholic University, 25A
Barker Road, STRATHFIELD, Location room TS19 Hanrahan Lecture Theatre in the Old
Saturday August 25 2012
Saturday August 25 2012Five sessions, between 9:00am and 5:00 pm. If there is a change in venue to a larger theatre I will let you know in advance.
$30 for each study day; pay
at the event. Bring your own lunch,
or get lunch from the shopping centre nearby;
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Should you wish to attend, email
your intention to firstname.lastname@example.org
send a brief note to Graham Rossiter at Australian Catholic University,
Locked Bag 2002, STRATHFIELD NSW 2135
Getting some idea of numbers helps with the printing of a suitable number
of sets of notes
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of the day
reflection began as a retrospect on Vatican 2, fifty years since its inception.
As it developed, it became an attempt to look at what has happened over
the past 50 years, rather than simply what happened at, and as a result of,
Vatican 2. It will look at Vatican 2
in a larger frame.
is not a presentation of what might be thought of as the politics of ‘linea
partita’. It is not meant to argue
with such a position, either. It is
rather an attempt to look critically at the data and see an underlying meaning
in the flow of events. I am looking
at the ‘thinking position’ typical of scholars with a Catholic mindset in that time, and I am taking a critical
look at the way that thinking position dealt with church matters.
I am also looking at the impact of this position on the larger Catholic community.
That focus overlaps with church
practice at times, and with developments of thinking outside church circles then
and at other times. I am more
concerned with the dynamics underneath
what happened. My study has shown me
that interesting dynamics are beneath each step of this history, and that they
add up to a single overall model.
The main aim of this study day is to realise what that model is, and how
it throws light on where we all go from here.
One: Vatican II – The
issue of Paternal authority – or
better the character of authority itself.
2 needs to be looked at in terms of Vatican 1 and its definition of papal
infallibility, and in terms of the series of events in which the Roman
Magisterium reacted negatively to ‘modernism’ and related movements.
The issue was always that of (papal) authority.
Talk Two: The immediate aftermath – a divide theology – or better the issue of an enlargement of affect beyond the control of authority.
the Council, there was a development of an affective kind of theology.
The emerging issue was that of affect. There
is need of consideration of the strong
refusal of this affective theology by church authority.
Secularisation in ’68. –
the questioning of religion itself or better the issue
could not restrain affect. But
secularisation has done so, and almost in one stroke.
The result is a refusal of optimistic vision and a preference for banality
Four: Two long pontificates
– the issue of education – or
better the beginnings of mutual
separation between those who know and those who do not.
such a time a reversion to security is to be expected, and so a reform
of the reform. It is also to be
expected that not everyone will buy this. Those
who do buy it are likely to be people
less educated and formed into affect after Vatican 2 and less educated and
adjusted to the realism of actual secular life.
The reform of the reform is likely to give rise to a smaller church
with stronger convictions that fewer people with education can buy.
Talk Five: Financial collapse – the issue of the non-restoration of the ancient world or better the possibility of and the need for a new symbolisation of life.
reform of the reform doesn’t work, because it separates the church from the
world it is self-commissioned to help. That
world is not the old world fashioned in the past by an old church.
It is a new world. The old
one is dead and buried. A new
symbol set is needed to communicate with this new world.