Sine Culpa? Vatican II and inculpable ignorance

Bullivant, Stephen (2011) Sine Culpa? Vatican II and inculpable ignorance. Theological Studies, 72 (1). pp. 70-86. ISSN 0040-5639

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Lumen gentium no. 16's genuine optimism for the salvation of non-Christians is nonetheless a heavily qualified one. Among other things, it applies only to those "who are, without fault, ignorant [sine culpa, ignorantes] of the Gospel of Christ and his Church." This article examines (1) Vatican II's understanding of such "inculpable ignorance" and its relationship to the traditional concept "invincible ignorance" and (2)--more speculatively--the extent to which it might apply in modern, Western societies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lumen Gentium;
Subjects: 200 Religion > 282 Roman Catholic Church
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 15:45
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 15:45


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