AUSCP announces three focus areas related to Vatican II for the coming years. We pose the following questions to consider in pondering the three texts below:
- Can you give fundamental support to the three statements as they relate to present day issues in Church and world and to the fundamental teachings of Vatican II?
- People of God,
- Religious Freedom,
- Church in Present Day
- Can you see yourself working with others to make one or another of these statements truly alive in today’s Church and world? What specific initiatives could you and others take to make these Council teachings more prominent in the current life of the Church and society?
- Do you agree that these three statements help to promote Pope Francis’ vision of Vatican II present in today’s Church and world? Comment?
1) The Church as The People of God
The Church as The People of God, as presented in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church and all that implies, such as:
- “Synodality” as a method for engaging THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
- Liturgy as the worship of all the people and hence the active participation of all in planning, exercising, and expressing it in the language of the people.
- Actively respecting and engaging the diverse roles and gifts in the discernment process serving the Church’s gospel mission. This requires developing the “art of encounter” with all races, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic status and cultures.
- Understanding ordained priesthood and the exercise of priestly ministry in the context of Church as “People of God” and not as above baptismal call of all.
2) Religious Freedom
Religious freedom, as presented in Vatican II’s, Declaration on Religious Freedom, is more than the right of Catholic Christians to practice their religion. It also teaches:
- The freedom for all people to practice their religion as they understand and believe, regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation.
- Importance of well-informed conscience in decision making for all people, believers and non-believers.
3) The Church in the Modern World
The Church in the Modern World, as presented in the Vatican II document bearing that name, and all that implies, namely
- Understanding and appreciating the dignity of every human as made in the image of God, related to Jesus as the perfect human enfleshment of the image of God.
- The interdependence of all persons in society and the promotion of the common good.
- Fostering the nobility of marriage and family in the world
- Advancing the proper development of culture, especially addressing the 21st century “care of creation”.
- Concern for the socio-economic life of all and hence a just and equitable distribution of wealth.
- Respecting the life of the political community and therefore encouraging active lay participation in politics to promote the common good and Catholic moral teaching.
- Promotion of other social teachings of the Church, such as value of peace & justice, opposition to war, death penalty, racism and other systems using violence to achieve an end.
AUSCP Vatican II Working Group Members
Consistent Work Group Participants
- Louie Arceneaux, CM [New Orleans, LA Archdiocese]
- Bob Bonnot [Youngstown, OH Diocese]
- Harry Bury [St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese]
- Kevin Clinton [St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese]
- Joe Gosselin [Atlanta, GA Archdiocese]
- George Hundt [Patterson NJ Diocese]
- Clyde Foster [Cleveland, OH Archdiocese]
- Joe Graffis [Louisville, KY Archdiocese]
- Bob Nee [Boston, MA Archdiocese]
- Tom McCarthy [Youngstown, OH Diocese]
Work Group Advisors
- Don Conroy [St.Paul/Mpls psychotherapist]
- Michael Agliardo, PhD, S.J. [Berkely, CA]
- Jan Michael Joncas [St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese]
- Leo Jacoby [Friend of AUSCP, Wisconsin Layman]