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Vatican II: The Essential Texts

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By encouraging engagement with the modern world and a refocusing of traditional teaching, the Second Vatican Council brought new life into the practice of Catholicism. The council's impact on the Church is still playing out today, and with many current church issues finding their roots in differing interpretations of Vatican II it has never lost relevance. Vatican II: The Essential Texts brings together the key documents of the council.
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Overview

By encouraging engagement with the modern world and a refocusing of traditional teaching, the Second Vatican Council brought new life into the practice of Catholicism. The council's impact on the Church is still playing out today, and with many current church issues finding their roots in differing interpretations of Vatican II it has never lost relevance. Vatican II: The Essential Texts brings together the key documents of the council.
 
As the council is commemorated on its 50th Anniversary, readers will be returning to these source materials to understand the Church's developing positions on its relationship with the secular world and other religions, the role of lay people, human rights and the common good, the liturgy and other still highly relevant issues. In addition to the introductions from Pope Benedict and James Carroll, the documents will also be accompanied by brief historical prefaces from Professor Edward Hahnenberg.
 
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Whether Vatican II was a radical break with the old, or a legitimate development of tradition is the subject of much debate. This volume includes the five major Vatican II documents, dealing with the nature of the Roman Catholic Church, liturgy, revelation, and the church's relationship to other religions and to the world generally. Each of the documents is introduced by a brief essay by Tanner (church history, Gregorian Univ., Rome), giving its context. There are also two introductory essays: a 2005 address by Pope Benedict XVI emphasizing the continuity of the documents with traditional teaching, and an essay written for this volume by James Carroll (Constantine's Sword) which argues that Vatican II was a radical break with the past and represented only the beginning of much needed changes. Those interested in how the church got to where it is will want to (re)read the documents and judge for themselves. VERDICT Currently the only popular edition of these critical documents, this volume will be a valuable resource for those who want to reexamine the teaching of Vatican II 50 years on and judge for themselves whether they are conservative or liberal documents.—Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307952806
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 443,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES CARROLL is the National Book Award-winning author of Practicing Catholic and An American Requiem. He writes widely on Catholic issues and is passionate about the legacy of Vatican II.

EDWARD HAHNENBERG is professor of theology at Xavier University and the author of A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II.

NORMAN TANNER, SJ, is professor of church history at the Gregorian University in Rome.

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Table of Contents

Introductions: What Has Been the Result of the Council? Pope Benedict XVI 3

The Beginning of Change James Carroll 14

Documents: With Prefatory Material Edward P. Hahnenberg

Constitution on Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) 29

Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) 79

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) 100

Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes) 189

Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) 299

Declaration on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) 319

Notes 329

Abbreviations 365

Note on Text 373

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