I used to be a big fan of the “Hermeneutic of Reform in Continuity,” or, as commonly shortened, the “hermeneutic of continuity.” But I think that perhaps its day has passed.
For those unfamiliar, a hermeneutic is a certain way of interpreting a text. It is a lens, if you will, which allows you to interpret a text beyond just the words on the page.
Pope Benedict XVI famously contrasted "a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture" with "a hermeneutic of reform in continuity." The Pope criticized "a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture," which views the documents of Vatican II as a break from all that had come before, as if Church teaching was being created anew. The Pope rejected this...READ MORE