Author: Fr Tim Finigan

The People of God

Fr Tim Finigan was keynote speaker at the 2013 ACCC Conference. This is the fourth of four papers he presented at the conference. They were: Vatican II and its context. Trent and Vatican II: compared (not contrasted). The hermeneutic of continuity. Church, Sacrament, and the People of God. How the Council taught us to understand the mystery of the Church The tract on the Church has seen a significant change of emphasis during the past 60 years. In some presentations, it was in the past considered sufficient to show that the Church was divinely founded, that it had a...

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Vatican II and its context

Fr Tim Finigan was keynote speaker at the 2013 ACCC Conference. This is the first of four papers he presented at the conference. They were: Vatican II and its context. Trent and Vatican II: compared (not contrasted). The hermeneutic of continuity. Church, Sacrament, and the People of God. Understanding the dynamics involved in the Council Pope Benedict asked us to celebrate a Year of Faith throughout the whole Church. He asked us particularly to look at the second Vatican Council, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the New Evangelisation. I will be focussing particularly on the second Vatican...

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Trent and Vatican II compared

Fr Tim Finigan was keynote speaker at the 2013 ACCC Conference. This is the second of four papers he presented at the conference. They were: Vatican II and its context. Trent and Vatican II: compared (not contrasted). The hermeneutic of continuity. Church, Sacrament, and the People of God. Two moments of reform and renewal in the Church Ordinarily, the Council of Trent and Vatican II are contrasted as two entirely different species, genera or even universes. Most priests, during their formation, become familiar with some of the canons of Trent and are aware of its succinct statements defining Catholic...

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The hermeneutic of continuity

Fr Tim Finigan was keynote speaker at the 2013 ACCC Conference. This is the third of four papers he presented at the conference. They were: Vatican II and its context. Trent and Vatican II: compared (not contrasted). The hermeneutic of continuity. Church, Sacrament, and the People of God. It is perhaps worth noting that since Fr Finigan presented this paper, Pope Francis has paid tribute to historian Agastino Marchetto. Archbishop Marchetto is the chief critic of the ‘Bologna School’ which proposes a hermeneutic of rupture in its account of the Council. Archbishop Marchetto, in contrast, is one with Benedict in...

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Enjoying priesthood: an after dinner speech

Most Reverend Fathers, Very Reverend Fathers, Reverend Fathers and Deacons, Ladies and Gentlemen – and fellow bloggers. I mention bloggers last because, as my companions in the new media will know, in the eyes of many ecclesiastics, we priest bloggers are the lowest form of life. We occupy a place in the chamber of horrors somewhere between Margaret Thatcher and Jack the Ripper. Indeed one of the English Bishops in his Ad Clerum notice took the trouble to excoriate us in general, although since the same Bishop also went on record to say that he did not recommend frequent...

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