By Kevin Kelly
Vatican II isn't really previous historical past yet a treasure for us this day. It has positioned humans again on the centre of the Church's educating and pastoral ministry. studying what this suggests in way of life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the complete of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This number of his writings, previous and new, tells the tale of his fight to be devoted to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from event and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the hole of Vatican II. Many this day are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II time table. This ebook reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is way from whole. among the themes lined are: classes from the 1980 nationwide Pastoral Congress; imaginative and prescient and Spirituality of a Vatican II parish; Being parish priest in a shared Catholic-Anglican church; Spirituality of Homosexual...
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It was made up of priests, sisters and laity, well formed and experienced in the skills of collaborative ministry. It certainly taught me that any mission statement at any level of Church life has to be based on an analysis of the local situation in which the Church community in the area is called to live its life and exercise its ministry. (cf. chapter three of my FPB, ‘Collaborative Ministry: a Pastoral Experience in Skelmersdale’) I learnt that a mission statement which could apply to any Church community, regardless of time, place or culture, will never arouse people’s enthusiasm and set them on fire.
This encourages a conversational methodology in which members are never out to score a point but are focussed on trying to help each other deepen our understanding of the topic under consideration. In such a non-threatening climate the ATMT has developed into a group of friends as well as professional colleagues. On a number of occasions we even had shared meetings with the bishops. The listening and learning approach was much in evidence in one such session held after the publication of John Paul II’s encyclical, Veritatis Splendor which dealt with fundamental moral questions.
Almost from its inception nearly thirty-five years ago, the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology (ATMT) has been graced with a small, but highly influential ecumenical membership. In past years I remember people of the calibre of Professor Gordon Dunstan, Ann Loades and Oliver O’Donovan attending our meetings. Professor Ronald Preston, the eminent Manchester Anglican ethicist specialising the field of social ethics was a very faithful participant at our twice-yearly residential weekends until his death in 2001.