The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: A Counterpoint for the History of the Council

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Debates continue to rage about the correct interpretation of Vatican Council II. With his 2005 II Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II: Contrappunto per la sua storia Archbishop Agostino Marchetto makes a significant contribution to those debates by elucidating the historiography of the Council and the Council Fathers. He addresses critical issues and controversies which are often points of confusion and misinformation. Now with Kenneth D. Whitehead's translation of Marchetto's work, English language readers can also ...

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Overview

Debates continue to rage about the correct interpretation of Vatican Council II. With his 2005 II Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II: Contrappunto per la sua storia Archbishop Agostino Marchetto makes a significant contribution to those debates by elucidating the historiography of the Council and the Council Fathers. He addresses critical issues and controversies which are often points of confusion and misinformation. Now with Kenneth D. Whitehead's translation of Marchetto's work, English language readers can also benefit from this comprehensive survey which analyzes the vast literature about the Council, its participants, and the complex proceedings, inner workings, discussions, meetings, disputes, negotiations, and factions, which comprised its organizational dynamics.

Marchetto reminds us that to correctly understand the Council we should first and foremost read, assess, and evaluate the content and substance of the Council's official documents. He provides a strongly expressed counterbalance to the hermeneutic of rupture formulated by the so-called 'Bologna school' whose interpretation of the Council has become de rigueur in many ecclesiastical and Catholic academic circles. The Bologna school has succeeded in presenting the Second Vatican Council as a kind of "Copernican revolution, a passing to another Catholicism", a break with the past. They tout the "spirit of the Council" which they characterize as a radical mood of transformation. With the official documents of the Council as his evidence, Marchetto challenges their viewpoint as myopic and historically incorrect, and argues for a hermeneutic of renewal within the continuity of the tradition of the Church.

Everyone interested in the theological and ecclesiological significance of Vatican II will benefit from reading Marchetto's valuable and challenging perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589661967
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 705
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto is secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and Titular Archbishop of Astigi.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction ix

Preface xix

Abbreviations xxiii

1 The Context of the Council

1 A History of the Ecumenical Councils 3

2 A History of the Councils 35

3 The Church and Her Conciliar Focal Points 49

4 The Vatican Councils 63

II The Preparation for the Council

5 Particular Italian Churches at the Council 75

6 Conciliar Preparations 87

7 On the Eve of the Council in Europe and in the Eastern Catholic Churches 101

8 Christianity and the Church in Latin America on the Eve of the Council 119

9 Expectations from and Celebration of Vatican Council II 123

III A History of the Second Vatican Council

10 For the History of Vatican Council II (Announcement and Preparations) 135

11 For the History of Vatican Council II (First Session and In-Between) 153

12 For the History of Vatican Council II (Second Session and In-Between) 187

13 For the History of Vatican Council II (Third Session and In-Between) 217

14 A Counterpoint for the History of Vatican Council II 239

15 Faces at the End of the Council 273

IV Other Histories of the Council and of the Popes of the Council

16 The Church of Vatican II (First and Second Parts) 293

17 Concerning the "Dossier" on "Two Thousand Years of Christianity" 327

18 Vatican II Viewed from Moscow 333

19 John XXIII, the "Good Pope" 347

20 Unpublished Writings of John XXIII on Conciliar Subjects 355

21 John XXIII and the Council 363

22 Paul VI, the Pope Who Kissed the Ground 369

23 The "Event" and the "Decisions" concerning a "Thesis" 381

24 Vatican II and Prospects of Modernization 401

25 Vatican II as Seen by Roger Aubert and Claude Soetens 411

26 Vatican II as Seen by Joseph Thomas 423

V Particular Themes and Questions

27 Italian Catholic "Traditionalism" 433

28 Primacy and Collegiality (According to the Nota Explicativa Praevia) 437

29 Lumen Gentium 441

30 Saving Truth (Dei Verbum #11): An Explanatory Note 453

31 The Ministry of the Pope in Ecumenical Perspective (Vatican I and Vatican II and the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint) 459

32 Re-Reading the Documents of Vatican I and II (On the Role of the Pope) 473

33 Episcopal Ministry in the Postconciliar Era 485

34 Vatican II and Ecclesial Movements: A Charismatic Vision 496

35 Vatican II and Ecclesial Movements: A Communal Vision 499

VI Official and Private Conciliar Sources

36 The Council As Seen by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri 515

37 Council Notes of Father Marie-Dominique Chenu 525

38 Vatican II in the Diary of Archbishop Neophytos Edelby 533

39 Augustin Bea, Council Father 541

40 Memories of the Council from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger 549

41 Vatican II in the Diary of Bishop André Charue 557

42 Conciliar Papers of Monsignor Gérard Philips 561

43 Notes of Monsignor Albert Prignon on the Fourth Session 565

44 The Council according to Father Umberto Betti 569

45 Father Yves Congar at Vatican II (according to His Diary) 573

46 Private Conciliar Sources 601

47 Official Conciliar Sources: Synodal Acts from the General Secretariat 607

48 Vatican II: Preparation of the Church for the Third Millennium 619

VII For a Correct Interpretation of the Council

49 Towards a Correct Interpretation of Vatican Council II 627

50 Tradition and Renewal Together: The Second Vatican Council 637

51 Vatican Council II: Hermeneutical Tendencies from 1990 to 2000 659

52 Vatican Council II: Considerations concerning Hermeneutical Tendencies in Recent Years 679

List of Works Reviewed and/or Subjects Discussed 701

Index of Names 709

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