Volume 7, Issue 1, 2016
Kenneth R. Melchin
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.