Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

My first thanks go to my dear friend Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, for suggesting that I write an introductory book on this topic. During the writing process, I was aided by two speaking invitations for Fall 2015: from Christopher Ruddy and Robert Miller to speak at the Catholic University...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-19

In his Address at the Solemn Opening of the Second Session of the Second Vatican Council (September 29, 1963), Pope Paul VI observed: “The starting point and the goal [of the Council] is that here and at this very hour we should proclaim Christ to ourselves and to the world around us...

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1. Persons and Propositions: Dei Verbum in Context

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pp. 20-49

In his 1992 remarks announcing the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Joseph Ratzinger observes that the Catechism draws its answers to the basic questions of human life from “observations transcending the merely human, observations that transmit what was seen...

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2. Active Participation: Sacrosanctum Concilium in Context

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pp. 50-80

Sacrosanctum Concilium “did not suddenly appear out of nowhere, but was the culmination of over a hundred years of research, reflection, writing, and pastoral work of the Liturgical Movement.”1 In 1903, Pope Pius X...

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3. True and False Reform: Lumen Gentium in Context

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pp. 81-133

In her Mystery of the Church, People of God: Yves Congar’s Total Ecclesiology as a Path to Vatican II, Rose Beal shows that Congar’s unpublished treatise De Ecclesia profoundly shaped the key chapters of Lumen Gentium. 1 For Congar as for Lumen Gentium, the mission of the Church is...

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4. Nature and Grace: Gaudium et Spes in Context

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pp. 134-173

As Susan Wood has observed, Henri de Lubac drew a “clear connection . . . between his own work on the supernatural and themes developed in Gaudium et Spes.”1 In his work on the nature-grace relationship, de Lubac sought to articulate the intimacy of the relationship between human nature...

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5. Vatican II as an Ongoing Theological Event: The Way Forward

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pp. 174-206

This final chapter contrasts two representative approaches to Vatican II as an ongoing theological event, namely the approaches of Robert Imbelli and Massimo Faggioli. In light of the preceding chapters, I argue that Imbelli’s focus on Jesus Christ is the proper way to receive Vatican II as...

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Conclusion

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pp. 207-222

On December 1, 1965, as the Second Vatican Council approached its end, Henri de Lubac wrote in a letter to his Jesuit Superiors in France: “In the coming months and years, it will be necessary to study seriously the overall work of the Council. One must know how to take the dogmatic constitutions...

Bibliography

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pp. 223-238

Index

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pp. 239-246