The Human JesusDECEMBER 30, 2017 BY FR. JOHN ZUPEZ, S.J.
(First published in “Spirituality,” July/August 2013. Dublin: Dominican Publications.)
Since the Second Vatican Council, Catholics have come to a better appreciation of the full humanity of Jesus, which was always a part of Church dogma. The sixteenth century Counter-Reformation led Catholics to emphasize Jesus’ divinity, along with devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, in response to those reformers who questioned his full divinity. With the Vatican Council in the 1960s came less polemics, and the recovery of something lost during the Counter-Reformation, an appreciation of Jesus’ full humanity. This was aided by a return to scriptural sources, that gave a breath of new life to Catholic theology.