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The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council

A Counterpoint for the History of the Council

Translated from the Italian by Kenneth D. Whitehead.

This important study by Archbishop Agostino Marchetto makes a significant contribution to the debate that surrounds the interpretation of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Archbishop Marchetto critiques the Bologna School, which, he suggests, presents the Council as a kind of “Copernican revolution,” a transformation to “another Catholicism.” Instead Marchetto invites readers to reconsider the Council directly, through its official documents, commentaries, and histories. Marchetto’s volume will be a useful resource for graduate students, seminarians, and scholars interested in the theological significance of Vatican II.

723 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction

I. The Context of the Council
1. A History of the Ecumenical Councils
2. A History of the Councils
3. The Church and Her Conciliar Focal Points
4. The Vatican Councils

II. The Preparation for the Council
5. Particular Italian Churches at the Council
6. Conciliar Preparations
7. On the Eve of the Council in Europe and in the Eastern Catholic Churches
8. Christianity and the Church in Latin America on the Eve of the Council
9. Expectations from and Celebration of Vatican Council II

III. A History of the Second Vatican Council
10. For the History of Vatican Council II (Announcement and Preparations)
11. For the History of Vatican Council II (First Session and In-Between)
12. For the History of Vatican Council II (Second Session and In-Between)
13. For the History of Vatican Council II (Third Session and In-Between)
14. A Counterpoint for the History of Vatican Council II
15. Faces at the End of the Council

IV. Other Histories of the Council and of the Popes of the Council
16. The Church of Vatican II (First and Second Parts)
17. Concerning the "Dossier" on "Two Thousand Years of Christianity"
18. Vatican II Viewed from Moscow
19. John XXIII, the "Good Pope"
20. Unpublished Writings of John XXIII on Conciliar Subjects
21. John XXIII and the Council
22. Paul VI, the Pope Who Kissed the Ground
23. The "Event" and the "Decisions" concerning a "Thesis"
24. Vatican II and Prospects of Modernization
25. Vatican II as Seen by Roger Aubert and Claude Soetens
26. Vatican II as Seen by Joseph Thomas

V. Particular Themes and Questions
27. Italian Catholic "Traditionalism"
28. Primacy and Collegiality (According to the Nota Explicativa Praevia)
29. Lumen Gentium
30. Saving Truth (Dei Verbum #11): An Explanatory Note
31. The Ministry of the Pope in Ecumenical Perspective (Vatican I and Vatican II and the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint)
32. Re-Reading the Documents of Vatican I and II (On the Role of the Pope)
33. Episcopal Ministry in the Postconciliar Era
34. Vatican II and Ecclesial Movements: A Charismatic Vision
35. Vatican II and Ecclesial Movements: A Communal Vision

VI. Official and Private Conciliar Sources
36. The Council As Seen by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri
37. Council Notes of Father Marie-Dominique Chenu
38. Vatican II in the Diary of Archbishop Neophytos Edelby
39. Augustin Bea, Council Father
40. Memories of the Council from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
41. Vatican II in the Diary of Bishop André Charue
42. Conciliar Papers of Monsignor Gérard Philips
43. Notes of Monsignor Albert Prignon on the Fourth Session
44. The Council according to Father Umberto Betti
45. Father Yves Congar at Vatican II (according to His Diary)
46. Private Conciliar Sources
47. Official Conciliar Sources: Synodal Acts from the General Secretariat
48. Vatican II: Preparation of the Church for the Third Millennium

VII. For a Correct Interpretation of the Council
49. Towards a  Correct Interpretation of the Vatican Council II
50. Tradition and Renewal Together: The Second Vatican Council
51. Vatican Council II: Hermeneutical Tendencies from 1990 to 2000
52. Vatican Council II: Consideration concerning Hermeneutical Tendencies in Recent Years

List of Works Reviewed and/or Subjects Discussed
Index of Names

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