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By Kevin Kelly

Vatican II isn't really previous background yet a treasure for us at the present time. It has positioned humans again on the centre of the Church's instructing and pastoral ministry. studying what this suggests in way of life has been a problem to Liverpool priest Kevin Kelly, for the total of his greater than fifty years in parish ministry and as an ethical theologian. This number of his writings, outdated and new, tells the tale of his fight to be devoted to the spirit of Vatican II, studying from event and discerning the decision of God's Spirit in people's lives. 2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the outlet of Vatican II. Many this present day are involved that the Church is wasting contact with the Vatican II schedule. This publication reminds us that the duty of receiving Vatican II is way from entire. one of the themes coated are: classes from the 1980 nationwide Pastoral Congress; imaginative and prescient and Spirituality of a Vatican II parish; Being parish priest in a shared Catholic-Anglican church; Spirituality of Homosexual...

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Their final report carefully argued that a change in the Church’s teaching would do justice to the heart of what is contained in the Church’s living tradition and it even included a supplement proposing a way this change could be presented to the Church at large. Three moral theologians on the Commission privately submitted to the Pope their own document which argued that such a change would harm the credibility of the Church. Sadly, it was their unofficial advice which was heeded. Extensive reading and research had convinced me that there would be a change in the Church’s teaching.

Unfortunately, the publishers would not accept a book exclusively devoted to HIV/AIDS. They insisted on my discussing some wider issues of sexual ethics. Nevertheless, my primary emphasis on HIV/AIDS comes through very clearly in the subtitle, New Directions in Sexual Ethics: Moral Theology and the Challenge of AIDS (Continuum, London & Washington, 1998). S. moral theologians, Jim Keenan and Jon Fuller. Although I am neither gay nor HIV-positive, HIV/AIDS is a key dimension of my personal story.

That is not just a ‘get out’ clause! But neither is it because I believe that my judgement might well be wrong! In fact, I believe, usually very profoundly, that what I say is true. Yet, I recognize my personal limitations. That is why I constantly pray to the Spirit for the gift of wisdom and for the healing of any blindness in me. This book is not a systematic study of Vatican II. That would be beyond me, especially at this time in my life. All I am trying to do is share with readers some of what ‘receiving Vatican II’ has meant to me over the years.

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