Rick Gribble – Vatican II: Revolution or Reform

RS-327–Vatican II: Revolution or Reform

Instructor: Rev. Rick Gribble. CSC, Ph.D. Office: Duffy 263; Phone: (508) 565-1263 (Office),

(508) 238-6685 (Room) Please do NOT call after 9 P.M. unless it’s an emergency

E-mail:  rgribble@stonehill.edu

Class Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM.

Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 A.M., Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-2:00 P.M. or any day by appointment

Books/Resources: Austin Flannery, O.P., ed. Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations. Northport, New York, 1996 (Flannery); Giuseppe Alberigo, A Brief History of Vatican II (Alberigo); Edward Hahnenberg, A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (Hahnenberg); David Schultenover, Vatican II: Did Anything Happen? (Schultenover); Book of Readings (Reader).

Course Objectives

Vatican II: Revolution or Reform is a course designed to introduce students to the Second Vatican Council.  Everyone has heard of Vatican II and has some idea of its nature, but few have actually read and studied what the Council said and the historical context from which it evolved.  This course aims to correct this lacuna in our knowledge of contemporary Catholicism.  In the process of reviewing many of the formulative documents of the Council, students will be challenged to see what the Council actually said and, based on this reading, an understanding of the Church prior to the Council, and what has happened in the last 50 years of Church history, ask whether the Council sought to revolutionize the Church or reinterpret its consistent teaching.  The American Catholic experience and the Council’s lived interpretation in this country will also be addressed.

Class Sessions

Thursday, January 21: Introduction: The Church Yesterday and Today

Part I: Vatican II in History and Context

Tuesday, January 26: The Church Before Vatican II: “The Long 19th Century”

Readings: Reader: Pope Pius IX, “Syllabus of Errors”; Vatican I “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ,” “Errors of Modernists,” Andrew Greeley, The Catholic Revolution, excerpts

Thursday, January 28: Vatican II—Introduction–Video

Readings: Alberigo, pp. 1-20; Schultenover, pp. 1-23; Reader, John XXIII Addresses

Tuesday, February 2: The Council Sessions

Readings: Alberigo, pp. 21-62; Hahnanberg, pp. 1-9

Thursday, February 4: Vatican II–Key Texts

Readings: Alberigo, pp. 63-118; Reader: Hastings, “Key Texts”

Part II: The Documents of Vatican II

Tuesday, February 9: The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Readings: Hahnanberg, pp. 13-25; Flannery, pp.117-161

Thursday, February 11: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation

Readings: Hahnanberg, pp.26-36; Flannery, pp.97-115

Quiz: Vatican II Basic History

Tuesday, February 16:  Dogmatic Constitution on the Church I

Readings: Hahnanberg, pp. 37-49; Flannery, pp.1-47

Thursday, February 18: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church II

Readings: Hahnanberg, 49-57; Flannery, 58-66, 72-95

Tuesday, February 23: The Magisterium, and the Contemporary Church

Readings: Reader, Hermann Pottmeyer, “Papacy in Communion: Perspective from Vatican II”

Mid-Term Examination Distributed

Thursday, February 25: Declaration on Christian Education

Readings: Reader, Hahnanberg, 141-146; Flannery, pp. 575-591

Mid-Term Examination Due

Tuesday, March 2: The Church and Non-Catholics

Readings: Hahnanberg, pp. 110-21, 156-63 Flannery, pp.499-523, 569-574

Thursday, March 4: Decree on the Lay Apostolate

Readings: Hahnanberg, 101-109; Flannery, pp. 48-58, 403-442

Term Paper I Due in Class

March 6-March 14 Spring Break

Tuesday, March 16: Priesthood and Religious Life:

Readings: Hahnanberg, 95-100; Flannery, pp.385-401

Thursday, March 18: Priesthood and Religious Life Today: Institutions in Trouble

Readings: Reader: Gribble, “The Challenge of Religious Life in the United States Today” To be distributed in class

Tuesday, March 23: Declaration on Religious Liberty

Readings: Hahnanberg, 147-155; Flannery, pp. 551-568

Thursday, March 25: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World I

Readings: Hahnanberg, 56-64; Flannery, pp. 163-217

Tuesday, March 30: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World II

Readings: Hahnanberg, pp.64-66; Flannery, pp. 217-241

April 1-April 5 Easter Break

Tuesday, April 6: Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World III

Readings:  Hahnanberg, 66-73; Flannery, pp. 241-282

Part III: Vatican II: An Analysis

Thursday, April 8: Vatican II as an Event

Readings: Schultenover, pp. 24-51

Tuesday, April 13: Vatican II: Did Anything Happen”

Readings: Schultenover, pp. 52-91

Thursday, April 15: Vatican II: Memory and History

Readings: Schultenover, pp. 92-152 (Pages 122-133 are very difficult—skip if you find them confusing)

Tuesday, April 20: Vatican II: Novelty in Continuity

Readings: Reader, Joseph Komonchak, “Novelty in Continuity: Pope Benedict’s Interpretation of Vatican II; Recommended Reading Schultenover, pp. 153-183

Thursday, April 22: Interpreting Vatican II: Continuity or Discontinuity I

Readings: Reader, James Hitchcock, “A Continuum in the Great Tradition,” John O’Malley, “A Break from the Past”

Term Paper II Due in Class

Tuesday, April 27: Interpreting Vatican II: Continuity or Discontinuity II

Readings: Reader, Avery Dulles, SJ, “Vatican II: The Myth and the Reality,” John O’Malley, SJ, “The Style of Vatican II” Recommended Reading: O’Malley, “Vatican II: Official Norms, Dulles, “Vatican II: Substantive Teaching”

Thursday, April 29: Vatican II: Theological Interpretation and Significance

Readings: Reader, Karl Rahner, SJ “Basic Theological Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council; “The Abiding Significance of the Second Vatican Council”

Tuesday, May 4: Vatican II and the American Catholic Church

Readings: Reader, Richard Gribble, CSC “The Church: Present Reality and Future Possibilities,” “Amercan Catholicism’s Chaos—and Its Future”

Final Paper Topic Given

Thursday, May 6:  Vatican II: Revolution or Reform?

Readings: Alberigo, pp. 119-30

Final Paper Due in My Office (Duffy 263) No Later Than May 13, 2010 12 Noon

Assignments/Grading Policy:

1. Vatican II History Quiz 10%

2.  Take home Mid-term examination 15%

3.  Research Paper I 20%

4.  Research Paper II 20%

5.  Final Paper 15%

6.  Class Participation 20%

Policy on Attendance and Assignments

1. Class attendance and promptness are important and expected.  If you know that you cannot attend a class please inform me via phone or e-mail as soon as possible.  Excessive (more than three) unexcused absences will reduce your class participation grade.  More than five unexcused absences will reduce you final grade at least one letter grade. An excused absence refers to: personal or serious family illness, emergencies, legal matters.

2.  Extensions are granted on assignments only for serious personal, health or family issues.  If some situation arises, check with me as soon as possible.

3.  Assignments are due in class on the date assigned.  If you computer printer runs out of ink, you forget the paper in your room, you “lose it” on your flash drive, or similar “reasons, the paper grade will be deducted 5 points if submitted that day.  E-mail submissions are only allowed with permission of the instructor. Late assignments will be reduced one letter grade (ten points) for each day (not simply class day) late.

4.  Students are responsible for any material missed in class–notes, handouts, etc.  I will be more than happy to assist you at any mutually convenient time.  Please allow me to assist if the need arises.

5.  Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero (0) for the assignment.  There will be no exceptions.

6.  Rough drafts of papers are encouraged and will be reviewed by me in an expeditious manner.  However, for your benefit and mine all drafts must be submitted no later than one week prior to the due date.  I will make an appointment with you to review your draft.

Grading Policy

93-100 A 78-80 C+

90-93 A- 73-78 C

88-90 B+ 70-73 C-

83-88 B 60-70 D

80-83 B- Below 60 F

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