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The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology

The story of how—through the theological insights and espousal of certain paradigm shifts of some key theologians so attuned to the workings of the Holy Spirit—the Roman Catholic Church moved from a Pius IX at Vatican I (1869-70)—a council which espoused a rigid, hierarchical model of church to a John XXIII at Vatican II (1962-65)—a council which ushered in a collegial, "communio" model of church. 

Maureen Sullivan's second book, The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology, newly published by Paulist Press, takes a look at the great theologians and the theological developments between Vatican I and Vatican II.  At Vatican II, over 2500 bishops, who often disagreed on the most critical issues, managed to produce sixteen documents that touched the very essence of the Catholic faith.  How is it possible that so much could have been accomplished in four brief Council sessions from 1962-1965? 

Maureen SullivanThe goal of this book was to present the incredible theological changes that took place on the road to Vatican II; examines the contributions of some of the key theologians on this road, and finds evidence of their influence in some of the key documents of the Second Vatican Council.


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101 Questions about Vatican II
Maureen Sullivan, OP (Hope)

101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II brings us back to the beginning-to the preparations and expectations for the Council, to the meetings and developments in 1962-1965, to the internal church struggles and the exterior influences that shaped the final documents, and to the many layers of experience and perspectives within the church since the Council adjourned.

For people who have heard of Vatican II but have only experienced the Council through a glass darkly, this book takes them back to the beginning to a basic question: "Just what was Vatican II?"Highlights:—no other guide like this one.—user-friendly format.—sure to be a hit in parishes, lay leadership groups, RCIA and catechist groups. 

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