Newman, Vatican II, and the Triple Office
Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1049, pages 97–112, January 2013
How to Cite
Phillips, P. (2013), Newman, Vatican II, and the Triple Office. New Blackfriars, 94: 97–112. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2012.01491.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
- Vatican II;
- historical mindedness;
- triple office;
- consulting the faithful
Although not directly quoted in the documents of Vatican II, Newman should be regarded as an ‘invisible Father’ of the Council. This is evident the Council Fathers’ recognition of the importance of the historical situation as the place for practicing theology, a recognition of ‘the signs of the times’. We encounter revelation as fact rather than a set of hand-me-down propositions. Both Newman and Vatican II appreciated the role that the whole community of the Church plays in the articulation of doctrine. Newman invoked the model of the priestly, prophetic and regal office conferred on the Church by her Lord to challenge the increasing polarization between teachers and taught in the church and the damaging centralism that ensued. In a similar way the Council wished to restore a fruitful interplay between periphery and centre by acknowledging the collegiality of the bishops, and calling for a full involvement of laity in the life of the Church.