History of the Popes in the Twentieth Century. Their Struggle for Spiritual Clarity Against Political Confusion
|Author: ||Cummings, Owen F.|
Provides an in-depth awareness of the complex phenomenon of contemporary Catholicism. In addition to examining papal policies, this work investigates theological movements such as la nouvelle théologie and the Second Vatican Council and its precipitation of the polarization of the conservative and liberal wings of the church.
“Guided by the spirit of dialogue and restraint—and even more by a palpable confidence in the Church to resist divisiveness and faction, Cummings’ study of the long century between Benedict XV and XVI is a masterly introduction to the flow of theology and the Petrine office, and an admirable methodological model for apprehending the complex events operating in the Church today.” - Prof. Seymour Baker House, Mount Angel Seminary
“The author argues that historical consciousness is needed to avoid the polarization that worries many today. His careful research indicates that there was never a golden age of perfect unity and total agreement, even in apolistic times, within the body we call the church. Yet, for the most part, the body has been large enough to hold a vast variety of people and positions within a community of faith.” - Prof. Alberta Dieker, Eastern Oregon University
Table of Contents
Foreword by Prof. Thomas Bokenkotter
1. The Papacy in the 18th and 19th Centuries
2. Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922).
3. Pope Pius XI (1922-1939).
4. Pope Pius XII (1939-1958).
5. Pope John XXIII (1958-1963).
6. Pope Paul VI (1963-1978).
7. Vatican Council II (1962-1965).
8. Pope John Paul I (1978).
9. Pope John Paul II (1978-2005).
10. Concilium and Communio: Karl Rahner, SJ and
Hans Urs von Balthasar.
11. Pope Benedict XVI (2005-).
The Church Tomorrow by Way of Conclusion.