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Vatican II in Ireland, Fifty Years On

Essays in Honour of Pádraic Conway


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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JIM CORKERY is an Irish Jesuit who has been teaching Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute, in Dublin, for more than twenty years. In 2009, he published Joseph Ratzinger’s Theological Ideas: Wise Cautions and Legitimate Hopes and a year later he co-edited, with US Jesuit Thomas Worcester, a collection of essays entitled The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor . His current areas of research and writing are: the Second Vatican Council, on which he has lectured in Ireland and in South Africa; contemporary approaches to the resurrection; and the almost 500-year life-span of the Society of Jesus. In the autumn of 2014, he joined the Faculty of Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome.

GABRIEL DALY is an Augustinian priest. One of his areas of specialisation is Catholic Modernism, having published Transcendence and Immanence: A Study of Catholic Modernism and Integralism (1980). He is also author of Creation and Redemption (1988). He taught Theology in Milltown Institute and Trinity College Dublin and is a founder member and lecturer in the Irish School of Ecumenics and Honorary Fellow of TCD. His most recent publication is The Church: Always in Need of Reform , due to be published in 2015, preceded by a reprint of Asking the Father on prayer of petition.

MICHAEL DRUMM, a priest of Elphin Diocese, is the Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership. This body provides support for all of the partners in Catholic schools in a changing Ireland. He...

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