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The Lonergan Review

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2016

Applying Lonergan

Kenneth R. Melchin
Pages 84-99

The Challenge of Historical Consciousness
Healing Divisions in the Church

This paper draws on Lonergan to better understand the historical and philosophical roots of liberal-conservative divisions that have troubled the Church since the Second Vatican Council. The Council document, Gaudium et spes, launched the first stage of a transposition away from an older classicism. But completing the transition to historical consciousness requires a second stage, a new form of methodical turn to interiority that finds an inner normativity in human consciousness. Appropriating this normativity provides resources for navigating diversity without losing objectivity.

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