The Reception of Vatican II

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Editor(s): 
Matthew L. Lamb, Matthew Levering
  • Oxford, U.K.: 
    Oxford University Press
    , March
     2017.
     480 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780190625801.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Sean Robertson forthcoming.

Description

From 1962 to 1965, in perhaps the most important religious event of the twentieth century, the Second Vatican Council met to plot a course for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. After thousands of speeches, resolutions, and votes, the Council issued sixteen official documents on topics ranging from divine revelation to relations with non-Christians. But the meaning of the Second Vatican Council has been fiercely contested since before it was even over, and the years since its completion have seen a battle for the soul of the Church waged through the interpretation of Council documents. The Reception of Vatican II looks at the sixteen conciliar documents through the lens of those battles. Paying close attention to reforms and new developments, the essays in this volume show how the Council has been received and interpreted over the course of the more than fifty years since it concluded.

The contributors to this volume represent various schools of thought but are united by a commitment to restoring the view that Vatican II should be interpreted and implemented in line with Church Tradition. The central problem facing Catholic theology today, these essays argue, is a misreading of the Council that posits a sharp break with previous Church teaching. In order to combat this reductive way of interpreting the Council, these essays provide a thorough, instructive overview of the debates it inspired.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Matthew L. Lamb is Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University. 

Matthew Levering is James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, IL.

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