Eclecticism and Commitment

Peter McDonough and Eugene C. Bianchi

in Passionate Uncertainty

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230552
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930773 | DOI:
Eclecticism and Commitment

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In contrast to the confrontational discourse surrounding earlier turning points, such as the Reformation, the language of Vatican II was remarkably conciliatory. This study stresses how open to interpretation the intent and the impact of the council were. There is another aspect of the abandonment of classicism and canonical truths among Jesuits and former Jesuits besides a heightened feel for the contingent: the movement from classicism to a latter-day version of romanticism. Struggle with the spiritual and social implications of sexual orientation leads not only to emotional release but also to an attachment to marginal people of various sorts. Jesuits who attain some spiritual balance tend to cultivate two things: an intense relationship with the person of Christ and a feeling of identification with those they serve.

Keywords: classicism; romanticism; sexual orientation; social implications; Jesuits

Chapter.  11799 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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