Studia Theologica 2017, 19(4):303-317 | DOI: 10.5507/sth.2017.083
The author analyses an interesting document from the pontificate of Pope Pius XII in this study. The International Committee of Historical Sciences organized the Tenth International Congress of ICSH in the very city of Rome in 1955. Pope Pius XII was invited to deliver a speech to this assembly of renowned historians from all over the world. In the first part, the author analyses the complicated story of the relationship between the papacy, history and historical sciences from the very beginning up to the twentieth century. In the second part, he explores the historical context of this kind of papal teaching and the situation of Pope Pius XII in the middle of the 1950s. He consequently analyses and comments on the text of the speech. Surprisingly, the Pope thematizes much more on the topic of historical change and continuity and the role of the Church in history and the modern world as opposed to the topic of historical sciences as such. In the last part, the author provides several reflections concerning the connections between the ideas of the Pope expressed in this speech and the concepts of Vatican II.
Vloženo: září 2017; Přijato: prosinec 2017; Zveřejněno: leden 2018