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Vatican II in Ireland, Fifty Years On

Essays in Honour of Pádraic Conway

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Edited By Dermot A. Lane

This book commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which concluded in 1965. A selection of essays by distinguished Irish theologians offers an objective assessment of the historical reception and pastoral implementation of Vatican II in Ireland with the benefit of half a century’s hindsight. The authors discuss from a variety of different perspectives the theological significance of the Council for the self-understanding and reform of the Catholic church, both in the past and for the future.
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1 Ireland’s Ambivalent Relationship with the Second Vatican Council

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PÁDRAIC CONWAY

1 Ireland’s Ambivalent Relationship with the Second Vatican Council

It’s a daunting task to encompass in 1,000 words the content and impact of the Second Vatican Council. As I reflect on their combined efforts to convey the message from Rome – my respect for journalists has never been higher.

There can be no doubt that in 1962 the Irish church leadership was anything but ready for a Council of the kind embarked upon. A senior Maynooth professor declared that nine of the ten Commandments were grand, but that a real debate was needed on the question of servile work on Sundays.

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