Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the Modern World

eb1050dd-5a47-45db-9243-08b6c3276143This Newman Lecture is by the Rt Revd Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, whose title is also the title of the post.

Bishop Philip is a graduate of King’s College, London and the University of Birmingham (PhD, Theology). He undertook his formation for the priesthood at Allen Hall, London and the Venerable English College, Rome, and was awarded his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He was ordained to the sacred priesthood in August 1984 and served as an Assistant Priest at St. Anthony’s, Woodhouse Park (1985-8), before becoming assistant chaplain at Fisher House to the University of Cambridge (1988-91).

He was appointed Chaplain to Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral (1991-4) before doing further studies at Boston College, Ma. For twelve years, he was on the formation staff of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, the major seminary in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, where he was the College’s Dean of Studies and Professor of Fundamental Theology. He returned to Boston College as a post-doctoral research fellow of the Lonergan Institute in 2007, before being appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady and St. Christopher’s, Romiley, near Stockport in 2008.

In 2010 he was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Shrewsbury and in 2011 a Prelate of Honour to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and in 2012 a Canon of Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Bishop Philip is frequently asked to speak at theological symposia and at catechetical gatherings and he has regularly contributed to religious journals and magazines. He has written about the thought of Newman and Lonergan and recently published Philosophy and Catholic Theology: A Primer (Collegeville, 2009).

This is, sadly, the last of this years Newman Lectures. We have been proud to again bring them to you.


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One of the things that always fascinates me about these lectures is that while they are mostly done by Catholic clergy, how appropriate they are for us all. Here for example, in telling us about how Vatican II effected the Church, he also tells us a deal about why the Catholic Church is becoming not like us conservative Protestants, exactly, but perhaps why it has become so much easier for us to work with Catholics on matters of the faith. And besides, for all of us, John says it well, here:


And so, we come to the end of another year’s worth of Newman Lectures, we hope you have enjoyed and profited as much from them as we have. I also want to add my thanks to the team that works so hard to put these on.

And especially thanks to Professor Charmley and Deacon Andrew, for making these possible.

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14 Responses to Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the Modern World

  1. the unit says:

    Yesterday I asked what you might come up with outside of politics. Careful what I ask for. 🙂
    He said about 50 minutes of lecture then questions. I in about 24 minutes.
    Daughter gave me great earphones for Christmas so I can hear clearly now. Well with the accent I guess I get at least one of five words understood right. 🙂
    Taking a break. May have some questions after I finally finish.
    One thing already though…about the between 17 and 20 minute mark…made me think of SCOTUS…Vatican II, if I heard it right, was to sort of disregard the canons and definitions of the church prior and interpret as to intentions.
    This may fit in with yesterdays blog too. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Sort of, my take was that it was an adaption to make the Church more accessible to the world, not what the traditionalists like to call a rupture. I knew a little about the Church before, my BIL was Catholic, and it really needed to d something, was everything it did correct, probably not, but part of that is that practice went far beyond the words written down, and that should sound familiar, as well.

      Or at least what I have heard. 🙂


      • the unit says:

        Yeah, I’m enjoying the lecture. Yes already mentioned evangelism and dialog among Christian faiths.
        Thank goodness for ear phones though, otherwise I would’ve though the lecture was on the church in the muslim world. 🙂
        I’ll be back to finish listening soon.

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  2. the unit says:

    Rather than just shut up, I’ll say this. Hope others will chime in. I don’t say I’m right.
    Well, I listened and it was as you said appropriate for all of us. There was a sentence about a personal relationship with God, and a short reference message of Christ dying and raised from the dead. I don’t remember the why of all that mentioned much less explained though?
    Other than that it seemed like a message of we can do better next time, communism (social, political, and economic ideology) to be applied.
    Just my opinion. Don’t hold it against me. There was deep thinking involved for lecture, but by the book, to give a contrary analysis is deeper than I can do. 🙂

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  3. I think it should be noted that old Ratzinger/Benedict did NOT care for the GS or Gaudium et. Spes! He complained that it went beyond both Scripture and traditional Catholic Theology!


    • NEO says:

      He did have reservations, but he was also there.


      • He wrote not too long ago about how his “reservations” had become much more concerning, as the aspect of so-called other religions in the GS! It’s what it has become and how it is being used that greatly concerned and concerns Ratzinger!

        He without doubt is one of the Catholic best theologians the 20th and 21st Roman Catholic Church has seen! Too bad his papacy could not have lasted longer, i.e. if he could have been a younger man! But it was not providence!

        *See Scott Hahn’s book: Covenant and Communion, The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, (2009). Even the Reformed theolog Mike Horton gave it a basic solid plug!


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