HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
DUNCAN, Graham A.. A Protestant perspective on Vatican II & 50 years: An engagement with dissent. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.1-11. ISSN 2072-8050.
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) is regarded by many in Protestant circles as one of the most significant processes in ecumenical church history during the 20th century. At the time hopes were high that closer cooperation was a reality to be embraced and achieved. Concurrently, a younger generation of Roman Catholic theologians began to make their mark on the ecumenical theological scene. Their work has provided a bridge between the two ecclesiastical traditions, notwithstanding the subsequent negative response of the Roman church hierarchy. Despite important advances, recent pontificates have destroyed much of the enthusiasm and commitment to unity. This article examines the disjuncture in views regarding the outcomes of the Council and points of contact with Protestant thinking.