Skip to comments.Vatican II: A Hermeneutic of Continuity or Reform?(Catholic Caucus)
Posted on 10/21/2013 5:49:34 PM PDT by RBStealth
Cardinal Kurt Koch who is the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity recently gave an interview in which he remarked that Pope Benedict prefers to call his approach to the Second Vatican Council not a hermeneutic of continuity but a hermeneutic of reform.
The expression using the word continuity rather than reform is actually found in Benedict XVIs Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis of 2007, a document which is focused on liturgical issues and Eucharistic theology. However footnote 6 of the document refers readers back to Pope Benedicts 2005 Christmas message to the curia in which he used the expression hermeneutics of reform.
Reform connotes a development that improves upon the status quo and continuity carries the nuance of a particular non-revolutionary style of reform such as that found in John Henry Newmans Essay on the Development of Doctrine in which Newman offered seven criteria by which developments could be judged to be either consistent or inconsistent with an earlier tradition.
Whether one speaks of Continuity or Reform both notions are quite different from Revolution or Rupture.
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Thank God for Chesterton. The pointy heads of academia are talking to themselves alone, sans the Christ.