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By Eduardo J. Echeverria, The Catholic Thing, June 9, 2020

Eduardo J. Echeverria is Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. His publications include Pope Francis: The Legacy of Vatican II (2015) and Revelation, History, and Truth: A Hermeneutics of Dogma. (2018).

Eduardo J. EcheverriaIn a recent article in America magazine, “How Vatican II can help us navigate the politics of a pandemic,” Chicago Cardinal Blaise Cupich claims that Vatican II identifies a “clear pathway of public engagement, conscience formation and authentic witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Some of the points he makes are fine. For example, the Church by its very nature is missionary. Furthermore, the Church must maintain “a proper balance between its autonomy and its solidarity with humanity” in its efforts to illuminate – with the law of God – the political, economic, and social order, to “infuse Gospel values into the life of society and the state,” indeed, the full spectrum of the common good.  ….

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