The Post-Conciliar Church in Africa

No Turning Back the Clock

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Laurenti Magesa
African Christian Studies
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , June
     174 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II, 1962–65) was distinctly different from other councils in one significant aspect. In all the areas it discussed, this council did not see itself as the end of a process, but rather as a beginning. It opened, not closed, doors—whether doctrinal or disciplinary—for ongoing reflection, for possibilities of ever-improving knowledge and understanding.

Laurenti Magesa offers this book as a stimulus for African (Catholic) Christians to continue digging deeper into and benefiting from the spiritual treasures that the Council still contains. For the theologian or historian of Vatican II, some of the information may be quite familiar, but all of it is important if one is to grasp the scope, meaning, and implications of the Council for the Church and people of Africa.

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

Laurenti Magesa is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Musoma in Tanzania. He teaches theology at Hekima University College Jesuit School of Theology, Tangaza University College, and the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of St. Mary’s University (MIASMU) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author of many articles and books.




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