This Companion provides an accessible guide for those seeking to comprehend the significance of Vatican II for Catholicism today. It offers a thorough overview of the Second Vatican Council, the most significant event in the history of Roman Catholicism since the Protestant Reformation. Almost six decades since the close of the council, its teaching remains what one pope referred to as a 'sure compass' for guiding today's church. The first part of the Companion examines the historical, theological, and ecclesial contexts for comprehending the significance of the council. It also presents the key processes, as well as the participants who were central to the actual conduct of the council. The second part identifies and explores the central themes embedded in the council documents. The Companion concludes with a unique appendix intended to guide students wishing to pursue more advanced research in Vatican II studies.
Richard R. Gaillardetz (Boston College Massachusetts)
Cambridge University Press
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Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
28 May 2020
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Part I. Vatican II in context: 1. Church life in the first half of the twentieth century Mark R. Francis; 2. Theological renewal in the first half of the twentieth century Gabriel Flynn; 3. Papal leadership in the first half of the twentieth century: resistance and renewal Karim Schelkens; 4. The council as ecclesial process Massimo Faggioli; 5. The role of non-voting participants in the preparation and conduct of the council Peter De Mey; 6. Conciliar hermeneutics Ormond Rush; Part II. Conciliar themes and reception: 7. The pilgrim church: An ongoing journey of ecclesial renewal and reform Gerard Mannion; 8. The church in mission Stephen Bevans; 9. Revelation Richard Gaillardetz; 10. Liturgy David Turnbloom; 11. The word and spirit co-instituting the church Brian Flanagan; 12. The Christian faithful Amanda Osheim; 13. Leadership and governance in the church Thomas Rausch; 14. Ministry in the church Richard Lennan; 15. Professed religious life Gemma Simmonds; 16. Ecumenism Susan K. Wood; 17. The church and other religions Edmund Kee-Fook Chia; 18. The renewal of moral theology James Keenan; Appendix: resources for the study of Vatican II Catherine Clifford.
Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He has published numerous articles and authored or edited 14 books, most recently, a newly revised and expanded edition of his popular book, By What Authority? Foundations for Understanding Authority in the Church (2018). He has also published, An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism (2015). Dr Gaillardetz received the Sophia Award from the Washington Theological Union in 2000 for theological excellence in service of ministry and the Yves Congar Award for theological excellence from Barry University in 2018. He served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2013-14.
Reviews for The Cambridge Companion to Vatican II
'The splendid Companion engages readers in the lively process of understanding and interpreting Vatican II in its time, and applying it for our times.' Hilmar M. Pabel, The Tablet