The Church in the Modern World

Fifty Years after Gaudium et Spes

Contributions by Erin Brigham, S. J. Coleman, Michael Duffy, Carol Graham, S. J. Hanvey, S. J. Henriot, Kristin Heyer, Lois Lorentzen, Thomas Massaro, Keally McBride, Todd Sayre, S. J. Turner Edited by Erin Brigham

Hardback - £88.00

Publication date:

31 December 2014

Length of book:

230 pages


Lexington Books

ISBN-13: 9780739187302

The Church in the Modern World: Fifty Years after Gaudium et Spes commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Featuring scholars from the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, this book offers a future-orientated analysis by highlighting contemporary social issues through the lens of Gaudium et Spes. In part I, authors examine the historical, political, and social significance of the document. Part II presents interdisciplinary perspectives on current social issues in light of Gaudium et Spes and contemporary Catholic social thought. The book covers such topics as immigration, women in the Church, environmental ethics, human rights, economic justice, the Church in Africa, and liberation theology.

Of the many notable documents coming out of Vatican II, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et spes remains the key accomplishment that continues to inspire and nourish the Church in its ongoing mission to engage the many challenges of the world in the last half-century. This excellent cross-disciplinary and ecumenical collection of essays from scholars from America, Britain, and Africa associated with the Joan and Ralph Lane Center at the University of San Francisco highlight both critical theory and contemporary cogent application in responding to Pope Francis’ repeated calls that the Church serve as a “field hospital” that treats the wounded, suffering, and marginalized both in the world today and likely for many more decades to come.