Concilium, the prestigious international Catholic journal,
extends its reach
Founded in 1964 and published since 1965 by leading theologians
of the time, Y. Congar, H. Küng, JB Metz, Karl Rahner and
E.Schillebeeckx, on the initiative of the publisher P.Brand, the
journal Concilium continue its mandate to disseminate critical
theology internationally. Concilium remains one of the most widely
read theological journals in the world, with some 6000
subscriptions, and over 2,000 additional copies sold per year.
Concilium allows broadcasting in several languages reflections
of theologians from five continents, in contextual, systematic and
pastoral theology, biblical studies and ethics. The Foundation has
its initial establishment in the Netherlands, which ceased
operations in 2007, and the secretariat of the journal was
transferred to Madras, India, where the current president, Dr.
Felix Wilfred, ensures its direction.
Published five times a year, Concilium is now distributed in six
languages, including English (SCM-Canterbury Press), German
(MatthiasGrünewald-Verlag), Italian (Queriniana Editor), Portuguese
(Editora Vozes), Spanish (Editorial VerboDivino). It has
recently added a Croatian language edition (Ex Libris and Synopsis
Publications). Interrupted in French following the bankruptcy of a
publishing house, the French edition is selectively taken up by
Editions Bayard, who since 2005 published three issues.
Every year, Concilium directors and editorial board members hold
their annual meeting in different academic locations, while
organizing a symposium. The proceedings are often published the
following year in the Journal. In 2009 the board opted for a
change of format, offering a large section of feature articles, but
always accessible to an informed readership and a FORUM section
where can be published debates, news and other brief
articles. Thanks to our thousands of subscribers for
their interest and support. Thank you to the hundreds of
contributing authors, who for more than forty-five years had made
the journal Conciliumind dispensable in Catholic theology.
In these critical times for the church and the world, Concilium
intends to play a creative and transforming theological role. This
it wants to do by drawing from the source of the Gospel and
allowing itself to be inspired by the innovative spirit and vision
of Vatican II. Therefore it takes up many contemporary issues that
touch upon the life of the church and of the world. This is what
two stalwarts of Concilium foundation- Edward Schillebeeckx and
Karl Rahner wrote:
Concilium Journal is deliberately based on Scripture and the
history of salvation. At the same time it has the humble courage to
confront the new problems arising from the human conditions of
today. It seeks, on the basis of our contemporary situation, a
better understanding of the Word of God for man and the world of
our time. A theological insight of this kind is necessary for
anyone who, acting in faith, is actively engaged in the Church and
in the world.
Concilium's pages bring a fresh theological breath, creative
insights and perspectives. No wonder then that it continues to find
support among forward looking theologians, innovative pastoral
practitioners and all those Christians who wish to enter into
dialogue with diverse societies, with religions and cultures in
every part of the world.
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