On Nov. 12, California Catholic Daily published an article, “The real split among U.S. bishops,” which divided the prelates into the Concilium (liberal) and Communio (conservative) groups.

The two names come from journals founded after Vatican II. Concilium‘s founders in 1965 included Yves Congar, Hans Küng, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Edward Schillebeeckx. Its purpose was to promote theological discussion in the “spirit of Vatican II.”

In 1972 Henri de Lubac and Hans Urs von Balthasar broke off from Concilium and with Joseph Ratzinger founded Communio. One reason for the split given was that the board of Concilium proposed itself as another official teaching authority alongside the bishops.

Off and on during the 1990s and early 2000s, a group of laymen and clergy held Communio discussions in Tijuana, San Diego, and the Los Angeles area.

Beginning on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m., these discussions will resume. The first meeting will take up two short articles in the most recent issue of Communio (Fall-Winter 2018), “What Makes Persons Persons?” by Robert Spaemann and “The Many Homes of Anna Karenina” by Agata Rottkamp.
(See below for entire articles.)

Spaemann was a close member of Pope Benedict XVI’s Schulerkreis (scholars’ circle) until Spaemann’s death in Dec. 2018. Though Spaemann considered himself left-wing after World War II, he was one of the co-signers of “A Europe We Can Believe In” and in a 2016 interview with Catholic News Agency criticized Pope Francis’s Amoris laetitia.

The Dec. 8 discussion will take place at the office of the San Diego Reader, 2323 Broadway, #222, San Diego CA 92102. For more information and to get admission to the front door of the Reader building, call or text Jim Holman at (619) 565-3434.

Full Text of What Makes Persons Persons
Full Text of Many Homes of Anna Karenina