The Basic Sixteen Documents Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations

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The Church's twenty-one ecumenical councils have been crucial to its understanding of its biblical heritage. They have taken place less frequently in recent centuries, only three since 1517: Trent (1545-1563), Vatican I (1869-1870) and Vatican II (1962-1965). Their absorption into the day-to-day belief and practice of individual Christians has always taken time. And Vatican II has been no exception. Hence the importance of this completely revised translation of Vatican II's sixteen documents, without commentary or additional documentation, and in inclusive language. A new edition of the documents of the 21st ecumenical council, for the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780918344373
  • Publisher: Costello Publishing Co
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: BASIC
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Latin Titles of Council Documents
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: Lumen Gentium, 21 November 1964 1
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Dei Verbum, 18 November 1965 97
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium, 4 December 1963 117
Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes, 7 December 1965 163
Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church: Christus Dominus, 28 October 1965 283
Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests: Presbyterorum Ordinis, 7 December 1965 317
Decree on the Training of Priests: Optatam Totius, 28 October 1965 365
Decree on the Up-to-Date Renewal of Religious Life: Perfectae Caritatis, 28 October 1965 385
Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People: Apostolicam Actuositatem, 18 November 1965 403
Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity: Ad Gentes Divinitus, 7 December 1965 443
Decree on Ecumenism: Unitatis Redintegratio, 21 November 1964 499
Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches: Orientalium Ecclesiarum, 21 November 1965 525
Decree on the Mass Media: Inter Mirifica, 4 December 1963 539
Declaration on Religious Liberty: Dignitatis Humanae, 7 December 1965 551
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions: Nostra Aetate, 28 October 1965 569
Declaration on Christian Education: Gravissimum Educationis, 28 October 1965 575
Index 593
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    A Great Resource!

    A lot of debates in the Church over the Second Vatican Council could be resolved if those involved in the debate actually knew what the Council said and did and did not say and do. I found this to be a great resource on getting to know the Council because I got to read the documents themselves.

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