On January 25, 1959, within three months of his election to the pontificate, Pope John XXIII announced his intention to call an Ecumenical Council to bring about the renewal and reform of all aspects of Church life. The announcement to convene the Second Vatican Council shocked the Roman Catholic world to its core.
Vatican II forced Catholics to think differently about their Church, themselves, and how they live their faith. It is now fifty years since Vatican II began, and its teachings are still being interpreted.
In the words of John Paul II, “For a long time to come it will be granted to new generations to draw on the riches this Council of the twentieth century has blessed us with”.
This book presents some of the major themes that resulted in the renewal and reforms of the Roman Catholic Church as a consequence of Vatican II. In presenting these major themes, the book journeys through the Council debates that led to the acceptance of the documents, the content of particular documents, and their implications for the Church today.