The dynamic role of jocist chaplains in Argentina

Theologian Oscar Campana notes the key role in Vatican II reforms played by Catholic Action chaplains in Argentina, many of whom were YCW chaplains.

Referring to the writers in the Notas de Pastoral Jocista, the Argentinian pastoral magazine of the 1950s, evidently modelled on Cardijn’s own Notes de Pastoral Jociste in Belgium, Campana names among the dynamic players in Council reform: Angelelli, Capellaro, Gera, Iriarte, Karlic, Llorens, O’Farrell, Pironio, Quarracino, Ramondetti, Rau, Tello, Trusso.

Bishop Enrique Angelelli was a well-known chaplain of the YCW, before becoming a bishop who eventually killed by the military.

Bishop Enrique Rau, in fact, translated a number of Cardijn’s writings into Spanish, while Eduardo (the future Cardinal) Pironio was editor of the Notas de Pastoral Jocista.

Here are Campana’s comments:

Los que están aquí presentes asesoran -o lo harán en el futuro- al que en el siglo XX fue el movimiento laical más importante de la vida de la Iglesia. Cuando indago en los antecedentes tanto de obispos como de sacerdotes, muchos de ellos teólogos, que se destacaron tanto en el desarrollo del Concilio Vaticano II como en su implementación, en forma casi unánime asoma un dato significativo: fueron asesores de la acción católica, fundamentalmente de la especializada. En nuestro país, basta leer los índices de la sencilla y célebre revista Notas de pastoral jocista para encontrarnos con quienes una década después serían algunos de los protagonistas más dinámicos de la reforma conciliar: Angelelli, Capellaro, Gera, Iriarte, Karlic, Llorens, O’Farrell, Pironio, Quarracino, Ramondetti, Rau, Tello, Trusso. La comunidad que no es capaz de leerse a sí misma en una historia corre el riesgo de no saber de dónde viene, ni quién es, ni adónde va.

Google Translation

Those who are present here advise-or will in the future, which in the twentieth century was the most important lay movement of the life of the Church. When I explore the history of both bishops and priests, many theologians, who excelled both in the development of Vatican II and its implementation, almost unanimously overlooks a significant fact: advisers were Catholic action, primarily of the specialist. In our country, just read the simple indices and famous magazine notes to meet pastoral YCW who a decade later would be some of the most dynamic players in the conciliar reform: Angelelli, Capellaro, Gera, Iriarte, Karlic, Llorens, O ‘Farrell, Pironio, Quarracino, Ramondetti, Rau, Tello, Trusso. The community is not able to read herself into a story runs the risk of not knowing where it comes from or who he is or where it goes.

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