Thus the two procedures, retrieval (ressourcement) and updating to meet pastoral needs in the new contexts of the modern world (the aggiornamento
that Pope John XXIII called for when convoking the council), featured right in the introduction to the first document promulgated by Vatican II.
To understand the significance of Pope John's summoning a general council, one must put aside the appropriation of the term aggiornamento
by radical revisionists who used it to question every aspect of Catholic life.
In a way, it is the validity of mediaeval Catholicism that is the substance of the debate over the meaning of Pope John XXIII's programme of aggiornamento
The second trajectory, drawing on a historically conscious neo-Thomism that privileges the theological task of aggiornamento
, gave greater weight to the proper autonomy of the created order and balanced the church's mission to proclaim the gospel with its obligation to respectful dialogue.
In that sense, Benedict's ecology is less a matter of aggiornamento
than ressourcement--not an innovation but a return to the sources.
With the two terms ressourcement ("return to the sources") and aggiornamento
("updating"), we come to the issues of "history" and "historical consciousness.
Despite the fact that Sacrosanctum concilium opens by invoking aggiornamento
, ressourcement is the idea much more responsible for its provisions.
As a liberal Catholic, he was eager for aggiornamento
in the church, a less repressive, sexually liberated egalitarian society and a "religionless Christianity.
Indeed, as the Society began remarkably to appropriate the aggiornamento
of the council in its general congregations from the 31st onward, under the new and (I deeply believe) sainted leadership of Pedro Arrupe, we were called officially and authoritatively to recognize that a community of loved sinners can only be faithful if it seeks the unloved, stands with those who have been shunned, lives but also learns in solidarity with the poor.
s insights on inculturation, social change, spirituality, solidarity, aggiornamento
, and pastoral renewal, particularly as they contribute to the process of ecclesiogenesis.
12) How Vatican II developed shows the importance of these two ideas for the debates on the Church, aggiornamento
, and the modern world.
We have now settled enough into aggiornamento
that a few Latin Masses should not be a threat to anyone.