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Vatican II, Theophany and the Phenomenon of Man

The Council's Pastoral Servant Leader Theology for the Third Millennium


John Francis Kobler

This book provides a phenomenological analysis of the corporate ecclesial consciousness as manifested in the major documents of Vatican II. The primary focus is on the deep structures of Lumen Gentium. This phenomenology of the ecclesial thought-processes involves a uniquely new sacramental theology or mystagogical catechesis whereby the Church is appreciated as a theophany of the Glorified Christ transfiguring its contemporary human dynamisms. The result is a pastoral anthropogony for the People of God implying a new theological anthropology in order to achieve the ultimate practical goal of the Council as outlined by Pope John XXIII. The key roles of Paul VI and Cardinal Suenens are emphasized in this new style of pastoral reflection.
The Author: Fr. John F. Kobler, CP. is a private research scholar resident at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Chicago, IL. In 1979 he resigned from an active career of teaching, preaching and administration to devote himself full-time to research on the Second Vatican Council. His first book, Vatican II and Phenomenology: Reflections on the Life-World of the Church, was published in 1985 and established his foundational insights into the Council's pastoral methodology. His second book now develops fuller horizons on these basic insights. His articles on Vatican II have appeared in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Gregorianum, Canadian Catholic Review, Notre Dame Magazine, The Tablet, Social Justice Review and elsewhere. He is a member of the Metaphysical Society of America and the Catholic Philosophical Association.