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By Kevin Kelly

Vatican II isn't previous historical past yet a treasure for us this present day. It has positioned humans again on the centre of the Church's instructing and pastoral ministry. studying what this implies in daily life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the total of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This choice of his writings, previous and new, tells the tale of his fight to be trustworthy to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from event and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the outlet of Vatican II. Many this present day are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II time table. This booklet reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is way from entire. 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 had first got to know Michael Richards while I was in Rome. We both lodged at the Beda College. It was Michael who made possible the publication of my doctoral dissertation, Conscience: Dictator or Guide? (1967) in a series he was editing for Geoffrey Chapman. When he became the Editor of The Clergy Review he began to encourage me to publish in that periodical and later invited me on to its Editorial Board. I have never forgotten my first piece. It was in two parts and entitled ‘The Authority of the Church’s Moral Teaching’ (The Clergy Review, 1967, pp.

I recognised that, though it was a word spoken by legitimate authority, it might not be the last word or even the best word. I felt we needed to reflect on it before we could responsibly disagree with it and reject its teaching. However, I did recognise that it was a matter with immediate and practical consequences for the lives of married couples. Hence, their conscious decisions needed to be respected during this time of reflection and that they not be coerced into conduct which they considered harmful to the good of themselves and their children.

An awareness of HIV/AIDS can not only transform our own lives. It can also galvanise us to combat the many dehumanising factors which fuel injustice in our world and which also lie at the roots of the pandemic. ’ In the words of Enda McDonagh, we are living in ‘a time of AIDS’. I finished my book on a challenging and hopeful note: Many individuals living with HIV/AIDS experience a conversion to living more fully and with more commitment to what life is all about. Our human family is now living with HIV/AIDS.

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