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101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II (101 Questions And Answers) [Paperback]

By Maureen Sullivan (Author) & Maureen O'Sullivan (Author)
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An informative and accessible guide to everything you want to know about Vatican ll.

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An informative and accessible guide to everything you want to know about Vatican II.

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  • Commonweal - 03/28/2003 page 29

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  101 Questions And Answers  
ISBN  0809141337  
ISBN13  9780809141333  

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A biased book that confuses all the issues  Jul 23, 2007
I read this from the perspective of a philosophy/theology teacher and found it, quite simply, awful. It is biased, prejudicial, makes unwarranted leaps and assumptions, displays apalling ignorance of the issues and texts....It is really quite astonishing how very ignorant this book is, and how selectively it not only quotes, but interprets everyone so as to fit the pre-conceived biases. I am speaking as someone with no dog in this fight as to being a so-called theological "liberal" or "conservative," just as a trained logician/ethicist (and, full disclosure, as a Catholic) who would like to see truthful, reasoned argument.

The only use I can see for this book would be in a freshman introductory course on logic or critical thinking, on how NOT to argue. But don't take my word for it; read the Vatican II texts themselves and decide for yourself.
A TRIBUTE .....  Apr 7, 2007
to the magnaminous tolerance of the Holy See is called to attention by this book and the fact that Sr. Sullivan has not been excommunicated for not recanting many of her opinions expressed in it. I respectfully criticize the prudential judgement of the Holy See for this excessive tolerance. If you want to read about Vatican II, read "Catholic Matters" by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. He points out that the election of Cardinal Josef Ratzinger to the papal throne was the swan song of the likes of Sr. Sullivan, most of whom he points out are now "toddling about the nursing home garden reminiscing about their Church which will never be." Want proof of who's winning: Sr. Sullivan's book: this site sales rank #501,479. Fr. Richard John Neuhaus's Catholic Matters #148,258. THE SPIRIT OF VATICAN II IS DEAD, THANK THE LORD. LONG LIVE POPE BENEDICT XVI.
Not an accurate representation  Sep 1, 2005
My issue with this book was that it really wasn't about Vatican II as a whole - it was about the parts of Vatican II that support Sr. Maureen's opinions. The "conservatives" were painted as villains in the council, while the "progressives" were shown in a bright, beautiful light of openness.

For instance, while Vatican II did not discuss birth control at all, the book strongly implies that "legitimate dissent" is reasonable on issues of life (e.g. birth control). Early in the book (page 28) Sr. Maureen accuses then Cardinal Ratzinger of lying by "rewriting" the early history of the council in 1985 (this accusation is based on a conversation Sr. Maureen had with Bishop Capovilla). The book also talks favorably about women religious openly opposing the church by ignoring specific Vatican requests to not attend female ordination conferences.

The book is an easy read and is incredible if your looking for excerpts from Vatican II documents to support "progressive" theology, but is really not very helpful in understanding the actual tenor or teachings of the second Vatican council. I would warn anyone reading this book that it is largely opinion and interpretation, not actual Catholic teaching.
the Devil's book  Mar 18, 2004
the author is clearly very highly opinionated and it is all about her personal opinions, nothing to do with vatican II. she is obviously a leftist feminist who doesn't like the Pope.
leave well alone
Book for Curious Young Adults and for Reflective Old Timers  Mar 22, 2003
Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP, has provided a very helpful aid for Catholic young adults who are attending courses in Catholic theology or participating in discussion groups. For people in this age grouping the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) is merely foggy history. However, it remains a pivotal event for understanding contemporary theological methods, biblical studies, liturgical renewal, spiritual self-understanding, approaches to ethical issues, as well as an overall sense of Catholic sensibilities. The information and insights that the author provides in "101 Questions about Vatican II" should provide the younger reader with a foundation for a better grasp of the issues still being explored and debated.

It is also the intent of the author to instill a sense of enthusiasm for the significance of this momentous event. As a Catholic priest ordained in early 1963 immediately after the conclusion of the first session of the Second Vatican Council I suspect that the original ecstasy of the Council and its aftermath will be difficult to replicated in the lives of those who did not share the agony of that period as well. For some members of an older generation this helpful guide may well provide memories that only now, some forty years later, fully reveal their significance.


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