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Vatican II Renewal, Path to the Future of the Church: NA Paperback – September 18, 2013
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About the Author
Joseph Eagan is a Jesuit priest who brings extensive experience of church to this book: as university theology professor, parish associate pastor, university campus ministry director, national lecturer to Catholic youth, adult theological education, leader book discussion groups, member of inter-Christian church dialogues. He obtained his doctorate in church and ecumenical theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Restoration and Renewal, Church in the Third Millennium.
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Vatican II Renewal is well researched as evidenced by the extensive footnotes and bibliography. It is an easy read. I read it a chapter or two at a time over a couple of weeks. I did not read it as though I was going to be tested but I did not skim. More than once, I was ready to put the book down for the night but found myself reading on to find out where the author was going.
What I found missing were solutions to the various controversies. However, upon reflection, I realize that there are no easy solutions. Time (meaning "church time") and respectful debate will be required to achieve any consensus on each issue.
I am unsure about the extent of the appropriate audience for this book. Obviously, it works for a Catholic layperson of my generation and experience. I think it would be helpful for any person interested in church or religious history or the relationship between the various Christian disciplines. It works as a text for a college course and certainly for a seminary. It has been over fifty years since I sat in a college religion or theology class so I cannot determine the level for which Vatican II Renewal is suited.
This gentle giant has a heart filled with compassion and mercy and he lives Christian discipleship and servanthood. His teachings reflect a church led by the Holy Spirit reflecting the vision and discernment of Vatican II renewal.