Massimo Faggioli is writing a book about Sacrosanctum Concilium and the ecclesiology of Vatican II. The first chapter appeared in the June issue of Theological Studies, and has been made available on line through FAQS.org.
Faggioli’s contention is that SC is more important to the ecclesiological debate than the oft-cited battleground passages of Lumen Gentium. This promises to be a thought-provoking work.
According to the chapter, almost all of those who are engaged in the current Vatican II debate have lost sight of the deep ecclesiological significance of SC for the whole of Vatican II. The debate centers instead on what he calls “technical-liturgical,” “political-ideological” or “aesthetic” approaches. I think he is onto something here. Ecclesiology is the more fundamental issue. His critique applies both to those who defend the reform and to those who attack it.
Ressourcement, eucharistic ecclesiology, and rapprochement are the categories he uses to discuss the change in ecclesiological outlook represented by the Council. The book will offer further exposition of SC’s role in “resetting the relationship between Christian liturgy, spiritual needs of the faithful, and Catholic theological reading of the modern world in its historical and social dimensions.”—something that should be well worth reading.
The book: Reforming the Liturgy – Reforming the Church at Vatican II: The Deep Implications of Sacrosanctum Concilium (projected press date, 2013). The author: Massimo Faggioli (PhD Turin; asst. prof. University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, MN).
N.B. The web text appears to have been scanned, with some resulting typographical bloopers which can hardly have passed the eagle eyes of the editors of Theological Studies (or the author himself)! Readers of PrayTell will have to use their skills to decipher these misspelled words, or else get access to a copy of that issue of Theological Studies. Enjoy!