Movements of ressourcement in theology: Foundations for a council of renewal

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The origins of ressourcement lie in mid-nineteenth-century France, when numerous patristic and medieval texts were commercially published. Before the Second Vatican Council, key ressourcement figures included the Jesuits de Lubac and Daniélou, and the Dominicans Chenu and Congar. However, only slowly did ressourcement come to shape official church teaching. The Council’s preparatory documents used ressourcement to endorse existing positions, but many bishops advocated a thorough revision of method and content. Lumen Gentium articulated a patristic vision of the Church as Christ’s organic and mystical body, using ressourcement texts to describe the roles of bishops, priests, and laity. In Dei verbum, ressourcement supported a patristic single-source model of revelation in Christ, and the missiology of Ad gentes divinitus was shaped by Greek sources. Presbyterorum ordinis emphasized the missional context of priesthood, which was central in the early Church, while Gaudium et spes used ressourcement to support its radical economic theology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Vatican II
EditorsCatherine E. Clifford, Massimo Faggioli
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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