The Second Vatican Council (1962 to 1965) remains the defining event in the Catholic Church since the Reformation. The Council “undertook its labors under the standards of ressourcement and aggiornamento. Ressourcement indicated the council’s efforts to rediscover, with fresh eyes, the well springs of the faith, in particular the Scriptures themselves and the reception of and reflection upon the Scriptures by early bishops and theologians of the church…thereby recovering a deeper sense of tradition. By aggiornamento, the council indicated its intention to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ into the world today, addressing the aspirations and concerns of contemporary women and men. The Council itself was able to hold these two movements of rediscovery and renewal in creative tension.” (Robert Imbelli, Rekindling the Christic Imagination, xiii). This unit explores the theological story of Vatican II that grew out of these two movements by examining the theology of key documents of the Council and locate the development of current theology to them. Priority will be given to the four Constitutions of the Council as the interpretative key to the theology of the Council.
Unit code: CT9021Y
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Mode determined at Scheduling
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
Examine and evaluate the meaning and ongoing influence of aggiornamento and ressourcement on Vatican II theology.
Identify and assess the key theological foundations in the four Constitutions of Vatican II.
Critically evaluate the impact of Dei Verbum (Revelation) and Gaudium et Spes (Church in the Modern World) in current theology.
Identify and critically analyse the five theological themes that run through the sixteen documents of Vatican II.
Evaluate key areas of ecumenical convergence in Vatican II theology.
Identify and critically evaluate the criticism of Vatican II Theology.
Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
24 credit points in CT
Blended Synchronous Lectures and Seminars
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Essay - Minor Paper||3000||40.0|
|Essay - Major paper||5000||60.0|
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Jun, 2023
Unit record last updated: 2023-06-27 15:17:43 +1000