The article is based on the excellent historical reconstructions by Giampiero Forcesi and Giovanni Turbanti on the way in which the Second Vatican Council was immediately received in the diocese of Bologna. These reconstructions provide the starting point to explain the theological and ecclesiological issues involved in that initial reforming process of the local Church of Bologna. These issues are important. They deal, for example, with the synodal dimension of the life of the Church, with the theological and historical importance of the Church gathered in a place, with baptism and eucharist as a fundamental dimension of the ecclesial identity, with the role of the ordered ministry within the people of God, with the awareness that a spiritual and institutional reform was needed, with the importance of priests firmly adhering to the gospel and purified from the temptations of the power. The questions that have been discussed in those years are many and they are significant not only because they provide a historical-theological reconstruction of the first reception of the Second Vatical Council, but also because they can enlight and support the process by which the Council is still being received in our Churches today.

(author: Fabrizio Mandreoli)

Summary ed.30 (II/2011)