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A Catholic Modernity?Charles Taylor's Marianist Award Lecture$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195131611

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195131611.001.0001

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A Catholic Modernity?

William M. Shea

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This chapter presents the historical background for recent extensive revisioning of Catholicism and highlights the impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). It singles out five contributions as crucial for our own time. In view of the history of the Catholic Church during the modern period, it explains that theology must make two crucial judgments: “modernity has not been all wrong … and the Church has not been all right.” It suggests that Catholic colleges and universities, rather than secular universities, now provide the most promising arena for the exploration of the meaning of Catholicism in the modern age.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, Catholicism, modernity, Second Vatican Council, Catholic universities

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