This unit will examine the historical context of the Second Vatican Council (1962–65). It will examine the intellectual and historical formation of Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) and his particular study of the Council of Trent which shaped in a definitive way his language and framework in calling the Second Vatican Council. In studying the speeches and writings of Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII, the student will come to understand the historical context of Vatican II’s call for aggiornamento (updating) and Pope John XXIII’s perception of an epochal shift for the Church and the world in the course of the twentieth century. An assessment of the historical importance of Vatican II will also be made.
Contextualise Vatican II in relation to previous Church councils.
Identify the major themes in the ongoing historical interpretation of Vatican II, noting in particular the evolution of the recent scholarly debates regarding the relative continuity/discontinuity of the Council.
Articulate the cultural and intellectual formation of Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII), in particular, his study of the Council of Trent and the reforms of St Charles Borromeo that prompted him to call the Second Vatican Council
Situate the documents of Vatican II in the wider historical and theological context
Evaluate the distinctive nature of Vatican II as a hermeneutical key to assist in the ongoing interpretation of conciliar history.
Develop a coherent argument for the distinctive place of councils in the life of the Church.
Lectures and seminars
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3,500 word essay
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500 word seminar paper
one hour documents examination
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit record last updated: 2019-03-25 09:49:30 +1100