50 Years Receiving Vatican II. A Personal Odyssey by Kevin Kelly

By Kevin Kelly

Vatican II isn't really earlier heritage yet a treasure for us at the present time. It has placed humans again on the centre of the Church's educating and pastoral ministry. studying what this suggests in way of life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the complete of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This selection of his writings, previous and new, tells the tale of his fight to be devoted to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from adventure and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the hole of Vatican II. Many at the present time are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II schedule. This e-book reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is much from whole. among the themes lined are: classes from the 1980 nationwide Pastoral Congress; imaginative and prescient and Spirituality of a Vatican II parish; Being parish priest in a shared Catholic-Anglican church; Spirituality of Homosexual...

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I now realise that it is only by fully accepting responsibility for whatever lies in my control that I am enabling God’s will to be truly realised. In a sense, it is up to me to ‘create’ God’s will. (8) Skelmersdale Team Ministry and The Queens College, Birmingham After my sabbatical I was appointed Leader of the Roman Catholic Team Ministry in Skelmersdale New Town. This was a steep learning curve for me since the Team Ministry had been in operation for a number of years. It was made up of priests, sisters and laity, well formed and experienced in the skills of collaborative ministry.

I am not opposed to the academic dimension of moral theology. However, if that becomes the be-all and end-all of moral theology and if moral theologians lose touch with people’s lives, I think moral theology will lose its soul. After my two years in the parish, I returned to the seminary to teach moral theology. I was struck by the unreality of the situation on my first night back. As the senior students, all aged from eighteen to about thirty, processed out of chapel on that first evening, the thought came to me that in many of the homes I had visited in St Clare’s parish, young men of this age were already married, fathers of young children and holding down a job.

At the end of five years in Skelmersdale I was becoming worried that there was very little writing taking place in the UK in the field of moral theology. Because of my training and experience I could not ignore such a lacuna. Although I had thoroughly enjoyed my years in the Team Ministry, I decided that I would make better use of my talents, such as they were, by re-engaging with teaching and writing in moral theology. To give myself time to catch up with developments, I applied for and was awarded a one-year Research Fellowship at The Queens College in Birmingham, an ecumenical establishment for training for the ministry.

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