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A Brief History of Vatican II [Paperback]

By Giuseppe Alberigo (Author) & Matthew Sherry (Translator)
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By the doyen of Vatican II studies, this book illuminates the key events and meaning of the most important religious event of the twentieth century. The Second Vatican Council, summoned by Pope John XXIII on Christmas day 1961, began in October 1962. Meeting in four autumn sessions from 1962 to 1965, Pope John's Council was a watershed in both world Christian and world religious history. With brevity and insight Giuseppe Alberigo tells the story of Vatican II Council for a generation that has come of age since its close. He shows us a Council that Pope John called to renew not just the church but Christianity as a whole. He shows that that vision was realized in ways far beyond its participants' ability to understand. The drama of the Council comes alive, as the assembled bishops and their advisors work on themes that transformed the global landscape of religion, bringing Catholicism into dialogue with other religious traditions and establishing a whole new spirit of intra-Christian dialogue. Alberigo also suggests ways in which the spirit of the Council has not been implemented.

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By the doyen of Vatican II studies, this book illuminates the key events and meaning of the most important religious event of the twentieth century.The Second Vatican Council, summoned by Pope John XXIII on Christmas day 1961, began in October 1962. Meeting in four autumn sessions from 1962 to 1965, Pope John's Council was a watershed in both world Christian and world religious history.With brevity and insight, Giuseppe Alberigo tells the story of Vatican II Council for a generation that has come of age since its close. He shows us a Council that Pope John called to renew not just the church but Christianity as a whole. He shows that that vision was realized in ways far beyond its participants' ability to understand.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   141
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2006
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570756384  
ISBN13  9781570756382  


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More About Giuseppe Alberigo & Matthew Sherry


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alberigo is director of the Institute for Religious Studies in Bologna.

Giuseppe Alberigo currently resides in Bologna.

Giuseppe Alberigo has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Concilium S
  2. History of Vatican II


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6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Ecclesiology
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Ideology Determines Memory  Jul 31, 2008
A key player remembers the event. Of course, two other key players who were there were chosen by Providence for the Chair of St. Peter. They recall things very differently.
 
Eyewitness account  Jan 14, 2008
Guiseppe Alberigo was a young professional when the council began. He was involved with Cardinal Lercaro's group from Bologna. His doctoral dissertation had been on the Council of Trent written under Hubert Jedin, the best in the field. Alberigo was with Cardinal Lercaro's group at the four sessions of the Council. Afterwards he edited the multivolume history of the Second Vatican Council, presented in English by Dr. Joseph Komonchak of the Catholic University of America.

This is worth reading, even if the style is not the most limpid. You will meet someone who was part of the Council. Cardinals Ruini and Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) prefer to see the Council more as a continuity than does Alberigo and the Bologna school. He sees the council as an overcoming of the Constantinian and Post-Tridentine traditions.

Stephen Palmer
 
There is no substitute for the facts.  Jul 19, 2007
Giuseppe Alberigo is probably the greatest living expert on Vatican II, having worked in its preparation and been closely involved, as a layman, with many of the clerical leaders of the Council. These days there are all kinds of ideologically-motivated efforts afoot to downplay the significance of the Council and to criticize "liberals" for distorting its message. Alberigo shows clearly the drama of the struggle on the part of the bishops, liberal and conservative alike, for freedom from the stifling hand of the Roman Curia (the church's central bureaucracy), and tells a truly exciting story about the successes and even the failures of the Council fathers. Incidentally, anyone who reads this can only look at many of the struggles in today's church and see them as but the latest chapter in an ongoing struggle between a controlling central bureaucracy and a world-wide church concerned above all with pastoral care of the church.
 
Review of Alberigo's A Brief History of Vatican II  May 21, 2007
Having just finished a course on Vatican II, I found this short history of Vatican II to be very helpful in detailing some of the mystery and intrigue that went on behind the scenes. A must read for anyone who wants to know the "whole story".
 

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