"Extraordinarily well-done, from every point of view."--Msgr. George Higgins
The first of five volumes featuring the work of dozens of scholars who provide the definitive history of the single most important event in the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century.
Preface: 1965-1995: Thirty Years after Vatican II
I. The Announcement of the Council: From the Security of the Fortress to the Lure of the Quest
II. The Antepreparatory Phase: The Slow Emergence from Inertia (January 1959 - October 1962)
III. The Struggle for the Council during the Preparation of Vatican II (1960-62)
IV. The External Climate
V. On the Eve of the Second Vatican Council (July 1 - October 10, 1962)
Conclusion: Preparing for What Kind of Council?
Name and Subject Indexes
Giuseppe Alberigo (1926-2007) taught church history and served as director of the Institute for Religious Studies in Bologna, Italy.
Joseph A. Komonchak holds the John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Chair in Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He is renowned for his work in ecclesiology, twentieth century theology, and the history and theology of Vatican II.