Orsy is one of the foremost authorities on canon law. He combines a great mind with a great heart and great faith to humanize a topic that by all rights should bore us to tears. This is an amazing book, even if you have no familiarity with canon law. You’ll never look at Vatican II the same way again.
Ken Trainor, U.S. Catholic blog, The Examined Life
This book may not present what is normally expected from canon lawyers. But it makes clear that the work and vocation of canon lawyers are not restricted to making scholarly commentaries on church law, but also includes raising a prophetic voice in relation to the future of the church.
Bijdragen: International Journal of Philosophy and Theology
An ideal way for the upcoming generation of ecclesiologists and canonists to show its appreciation for this scholar would be to imitate his courage and dedication.
As the title suggests, Orsy offers readers a penetrating analysis of the debates surrounding the reception and implementation of Vatican II. This is a work that will be of great benefit to all in the field of theology.
There is a great deal in this short book to ponder. I have said nothing, for example, about his fascinating remarks on the concept of laity’. It is not always easy going, but it ought to be read. Among many liberal Catholics, canon law, and by extension canon law lawyers, do not have a good reputation. This is a book which will change their minds.
. . . the outstanding value of Orsy’s book is in the rich theological and human landscape within the Orsy writes.
In adopting a positive role of the Holy Spirit working to influence organic developments within the Church, Orsy articulates an ecclesiology that is at once theologically sophisticated an pneumatologically grounded, optimistic without being naïve, and unifying without turning a blind eye to the work ahead, particularly in the field of ecumenism.
About the Author
Ladislas Orsy, SJ, is a professor of law at Georgetown University, where he teaches Roman Law, History of Philosophy of Law, and Canon Law. During the council he was professor of canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome, then taught theology at Fordham University and canon law at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of Theology and Canon Law as well as eight other books and more than 200 articles. The main intent of his writings is to keep the spirit of the council alive.