My friend is finishing his seminary thesis in theology. We live in Curitiba, PR, Brazil. He asked for help on translating the abstract, that needs to be written in English. Would someone like to revise my translation?
Title of research: “The Episcopate at Vatican II: an analysis of Chapter III of Lumen Gentium.”
This research aims to analyze Chapter III of Lumen Gentium on its main key concepts: apostolic succession, sacramentality and Episcopal collegiality. It is based on the text of the Dogmatic Constitution De Ecclesia and the authors who worked on the interpretation of this conciliar text. Here you will be able to find a historical overview on the elaboration of Chapter III, in addition to the difficulties of writing it. On the key concepts analysis, we will be looking for the patristic- biblical foundation of each concept, always following the path indicated by the Constitution base text. Here we will analyze the apostolic succession and its implications for the current Episcopate. From this concept it will be given foundations for the divine origin of the Episcopal ministry. Moreover, the stability of the Twelve will be taken as a hint to understand the collegiality. The sacramentality of the Episcopate will also be examined based on the perspective of knowing what were the most significant changes since the Council of Trent to the last Council that aimed to define the issues on the Episcopate. There will be more talk on the Episcopal collegiality because it is a more difficult subject, as well the subject of long and painful discussion during the Second Session of the Council. Following the path indicated by the text itself, it will be seen how this theological element was based. Finally, it will be shown how was the implementation of collegiality in the synodal life of the Church, either through the ecumenical council, either through the institution of Episcopal conferences, that in the post-concilium provoked vigorous debates until the official pronouncement of the Church. It will be shown the various opinions of theologians who argue on the strict pastoral position of conferences, or who argue on the proposition of a wider magisterial scope of it.
Keywords: Episcopate, Lumen Gentium, succession, sacramentality, collegiality, episcopal conferences