Marie‐Dominique Chenu and Le Saulchoir: A Stream of Catholic Renewal
This chapter examines the contribution of Marie‐Dominique Chenu, OP (1895‐1990), as the precursor of the ressourcement theology which led to the reforms of Vatican II. Chenu was crucial in the historical retrieval of theological sources which led to the nouvelle théologie. He promoted the ‘return to the sources’ studies of Thomas Aquinas in his intellectual and social context, rejecting the narrower post‐Tridentine tradition enshrined in ‘modern‐scholastic’ theology and provoking the radical renewal of Catholic theology. He was the teacher and colleague of Yves Congar, OP and of the Flemish Dominican Edward Schillebeeckx at Le Saulchoir. In Chenu's theological method the recent opposition posed between ressourcement and reform is overcome through his valuing of the traditional sources while advocating the historical locus of all theology.
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