Uma hermenêutica criativa ao serviço da renovação pastoral: em torno da recepção do Concílio no contexto português

José Eduardo Borges de Pinho

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Aware that what is at stake in the reception of Vatican II is the manner in which the Church lives its identity and mission at the present time, this study concentrates on the Council’s reception within the framework of the Church(es) in Portugal. Underpinned by certain hermeneutical criteria, the text focuses on five perspectives, from which it appears indispensable to read anew and to evaluate the Council’s reception in the Portuguese context. Under analysis, then, are: heuristic significance borne of ecclesial awareness and theological reflection on the process of the Council’s reception; perception of the conjunctural significance of the Council as an event; the difficult road of synodal practice in the life of the Church; difficulties in the reception of episcopal collegiality and of the theology of local Churches; the dimension of ‘pastorality’ as an interpellation to life and to the witness of the Church today. In global terms and in conclusion, it points to the necessity for a creative hermeneutic as an impulse and challenge to profound pastoral renewal.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)79-106
Number of pages28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • Council
  • Reception
  • Hermeneutic
  • Synodality
  • Pastorality

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