It was interesting to see Henri de Lubac referenced in Bruce Kaye’s Conflict and the Practice of Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment.

Kaye argues that although the Gallican tradition officially died out under Napoleon, traces of a “so-called Episcopal Gallicanism” continued to live on within the nouvelle theologie. Kaye writes:

“Gallicanism as a movement of theology that sought to work with an authority not restricted to the institutions of the Papacy, or indeed fixed in any absolute sense in institutional arrangements, persisted in France. The beginnings of the nouvelle theologie early in the twentieth century was an echo of this Gallican tradition. This theological work by such French theologians as Henri de Lubac provided the groundswell for the reform movements which surfaced at Vatican II. The Council documents Dogmatic Constitution of the Church and the Declaration on Religious Liberty breathe the spirit of a long Gallican tradition.”

Although “Gallic” is a loaded term, is Kaye right to equate a ‘French Episcopalianism’ to de Lubac and perhaps the wider nouvelle tradition, including Benedict? This is something that I’m hoping to explore further.

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