History of Vatican II Volume 4

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"An important exploration of how all of Christianity was dramaticallyy altered in the twentieth century by events [at the council]."--Jeffrey Gros, in The Christian Century

This fourth volume of the acclaimed series reconstructs the work of the Council during the third period and intersession (September 1964-September 1965) which was to produce two of the most significant texts of Vatican II: the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, and the Decree on Ecumenism.


I. Toward an Ecclesiology of Communion

II. Two Sensitive Issues:  Religious Freedom and the Jews

III. The Doctrinal and the Pastoral: The Text on Divine Revelation

IV. The Council Discovers the Laity

V.  The Church in the World

VI. The "Black Week" of Vatican II (November 14-21, 1964)

VII. The Intersession: Preparing the Conclusion of the Council

VIII. Major Results, Shadows of Uncertainty

Name and Theme 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.

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History of Vatican II Volume 4
Church as Communion - Third Period and Intersession, September 1964-September 1965
Giuseppe Alberigo
Joseph A. Komonchak
Name Index, Theme Index