Storm Warning: Chapter 5
The Holy Spirit
The Spirit and the truth
Interwoven through their concept of the People of God is what the authors propose as the teaching of the Second Vatican Council on the Holy Spirit. The Church has traditionally rested its authority to definitively interpret Scripture and proclaim divine law on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so the topic has profound doctrinal significance.
De Roo defines the gift of prophecy as the ability to read the signs of the times with a certain spiritual alertness so as to discern the truth. He observes that the Council had faith “in the ongoing presence of the Spirit working through many different forms of human experience” and relates this to the possibilty of “democratic” Catholicity. He agrees that “the gifts of the Spirit in Baptism are given to all” and derives from this his ideas of collegiality and mutuality. [Read on]