Academic journal article Theological Studies

Die Anerkennung der Religionsfreiheit Auf Dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil: Texte Zur Interpretation Eines Lernprozesses

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Die Anerkennung der Religionsfreiheit Auf Dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil: Texte Zur Interpretation Eines Lernprozesses

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Die Anerkennung der Religionsfreiheit auf dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil: Texte zur Interpretation eines Lernprozesses. Edited by Karl Gabriel, Christian SpieB, and Katja Winkler. Katholizismus zwischen Religionsfreiheit und Gewalt 4. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh, 2013. Pp. 287. 36.90 [euro].

This volume on religious freedom in recent Catholic thought includes the relevant ecclesial documents in Latin and German, a German translation of John Courtney Murray's "On Religious Liberty," and eight German-language essays by important theologians, legal thinkers, and political philosophers. All this material has previously been separately published; together it makes a useful collection of major thinkers considering what kind of development Dignitatis humane (DH) represents.

Benedict XVI's 2005 Christmas address to the curia on the "hermeneutic of continuity" begins the conversation and is the most recent text in the collection. Reinhold Sebott contributes a comparison between DH and Quanta cura (QC) that contextualizes the principal areas of difference. Fridolin Utz and Cardinal Walter Kasper narrate the history from QC to DH as an authentic development in light of a century of theological and cultural change. Ernst-Wolfgang Bockenforde, on the other hand, describes the council's Declaration as a "Copernican shift," language also present in a 1967 essay by Cardinal Pietro Pavan and Josef Isensee's 1987 article on Catholic thought and political philosophy. …

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