The Four Constitutions
This collection includes the four constitutions of the Second Vatican Council, the most popular and key documents for understanding the Council itself, its decrees, and its declarations.
Few events in the history of the modern Catholic Church have been as far-reaching as the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). And few have been as controversial. No one denies great changes have come about since the close of the Council. Have the changes been all good, all bad, or a mixture of both? To what extent were the changes, for good or ill, the result of the Council itself?
The popes of the Council - John XXII and Paul VI - and their successors - John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, who also participated in the Council - have insisted that the Council itself was the work of the Holy Spirit. They have aggressively criticized misinterpretations and distortions in fundamental continuity with the Church's Tradition, even while deepening the Church's self-understand and calling for authentic reforms and renewal of Catholic life.
Readers can learn for themselves what the Second Vatican Council taught using this highly-accessible collection of its basic texts.
This book uses the Catholic Truth Society translation and features:
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium
The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum
The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes
Plus, the collection includes an introductory essay by Pope Benedict XVI explaining how best to understand the Second Vatican Council in the history of the Church.
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