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Interpreting the Documents of Vatican II Integrally

O'Collins, Gerald (2015) Interpreting the Documents of Vatican II Integrally. Poznańskie Studia Teologiczne, 29. pp. 17-25. ISSN 0209-3472

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Abstract

Commentators on the sixteen documents from the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) regularly understand the meaning of those texts to derive merely from the intentions of their authors., those bishops and experts who drafted and revised the documents for the council fathers (intentio auctoris). The texts mean what the authors meant. This is to ignore the meaning that derives from readers (intentio legentis) and the ongoing history of the text itself (intentio textus ipsius). Literary, philosophical, biblical, and legal studies illustrate how the quest for meaning takes us beyond the author of a text to recognize that the integral meaning of any text is also shaped by the history of its interpretation and readers.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Vatican II, Documents
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 01:56
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2144

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