My talk on Dei Verbum from our recent Symposium on the Second Vatican Council, “The Enduring Legacy of Vatican II,” is now up on YouTube. It’s pitched fairly high, as I had priests and deacons in view when I put it together. My four theses:
(1) Dei Verbum is correctly interpreted when one approaches the text itself as a coherent and public whole and assumes the “hermeneutic of reform in continuity” of which Pope Benedict has spoken.
(2) Dei Verbum concerns the totality of divine revelation, given fully and finally in the Incarnation of the Son of God in Jesus Christ mediated to us by the Church’s Scripture and Tradition and interpreted definitively by the Magisterium, which is not master but servant of the Word of God (cf. CCC 86).
(3) Dei Verbum affirms spiritual exegesis, the classic Christian fourfold sense of Scripture comprising the letter, allegory (typology), tropology, and anagogy.
(4) Dei Verbum teaches that the Bible is the Church’s book, whose natural habitat is the liturgy, in which Christians encounter Christ in the unity of Word and Sacrament, receptive to the Word like Mary, mother and model of the Church.