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This special CWR symposium, consisting of eight essays, is the
result of a promise made earlier this year as well as the desire to address and
discuss some timely questions related to the Year of Faith (which concludes
this Sunday on the Feast of Christ the King), the 50th anniversary of the
Second Vatican Council, and the New Evangelization.
In April, CWR published a review by Dr. David Paul Deavel of Dr.
Ralph Martin's book, Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches
and Its Implications for the New Evangelization (Eerdmans, 2012). It was
then decided that the review would be withdrawn until a later time; as Mark
Brumley, president of Ignatius Press and publisher of CWR, explained, CWR wished “to provide a fuller
treatment of a difficult subject than the original review, in my opinion, is
able to provide. … The goal is to try to understand what’s what, who’s who, and
how best to proceed in fulfilling the Great Commission, without overlooking the
genuine nuances and insights theological wisdom provides.”
To that end, we asked six theologians to take up one, two, or all three
of the following questions:
What did the Council say about the possibility of salvation for
those who do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church?
What are the reasons for the apparent widespread loss of emphasis
on evangelization following the Council?
How can the directives of Vatican II and recent popes about
evangelization be best explained and implemented?
Those theologians are Douglas Bushman, STL, Dr. Nicholas Healy, Father
David Meconi, SJ, Tracey Rowland, Father James V. Schall, SJ, and Father Thomas
Joseph White, OP.
This symposium includes Dr. Deavel’s original
review, as well as essays from the seven authors above. It concludes with
the essay, “Did Hans Urs von Balthasar Teach that
Everyone Will Certainly be Saved?” by Mark Brumley.
“Every one to
whom much is given, of him will much be required” by Douglas
Vatican II and the “Bad News” of the Gospel by David Paul Deavel
The Universality of Christ’s Saving Mission
The Teaching of Vatican II by Nicholas J.
Salvation and Christian Evangelization:
Vatican II in Continuity with Tradition by Father David
Vincent Meconi, SJ
Salvation and Missionary Work after Ad
Gentes by Tracey Rowland
On Universal Salvation: The Logic by James V. Schall, SJ
Who Will Be Saved? The
Council and the Question of Salvation by Father Thomas Joseph White, OP