Toward a Fundamental Theological Interpretation of Vatican ll by Rahner (1979)
1. According to Karl Rahner, what are the three fundamental "eras" of Church history?
Jewish Christianity: fundamental proclamation of religion (from Jewish to Gentile)
Distinct cultural region: Hellenism and European culture and civilization (breaks from the Middle Ages to
2. How did Vatican ll represent a break or caesura, launching the Church into its third era? To what can this
Vatican ll: abstract and formal model of Church
o Christian proclamation to have a hierarchy to speak to (allow for pluralism and local churches)
o It was a break because it clears up the unclear and addresses problems that weren't notice before
Selections from the Pastoral Constitution on the Church (#1-3, 40-45) in Vatican ll
Note: Christus Dominus, Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops In the Church, 1965
1. According to the bishops of the Council, how is the Church related to all humankind?
Pontiff is like Peter who was an Apostle under the guidance of Jesus sent by God who created humankind
Pontiff appoints Bishops like pastor of souls (Holy Spirits)
2. How and why do they describe the relationship between Church and world as a "mutual relationship"?
Established synods in order to address the world issues: united to Apostolic See (keeping in line with the
Dividing up the diocesans in order to