Completely revised and updated!
This updated Friendly Guide to Vatican II explores Vatican Council II (1962-65) and Catholic Church’s willingness to respond with creativity and renewed pastoral focus during a period of extraordinary historical, cultural and social change. Its richness and legacy continue to give hope and inspiration to many as the Church faces the new challenges of this present era.
Max Vodola explains in clear and easy terms the enormous undertaking that was the Second Vatican Council which commenced in Rome in 1962. A Friendly Guide to Vatican II provides the historic background to the council and the key role played by Pope St John XXIII, including the pope’s life-long historical study of St Charles Borromeo and the pastoral emphasis of the Council of Trent (1545-63). This pastoral emphasis was decisive in shaping the agenda of Vatican II and John XXIII’s call to update the Church (aggiornamento).
The Friendly Guide further explores the Australian contribution to Vatican II – from the involvement of Australian bishops to the key role of the lay observers, especially the 23 female auditors that included Australian Rosemary Goldie, an international expert on the laity. In 1967 Goldie would become the first woman appointed to a senior position in the Roman Curia. Using a contemporary perspective, Vodola offers the reader a deeper look into the ongoing debates about the council, the significance of Pope Francis living the spirit and grace of Vatican II and the Pope’s call for synodality in the Church today.
A Friendly Guide to Vatican II will be welcomed by teachers, religious, lay leaders involved in parish ministry and those responsible for faith formation.
Rev. Dr Max Vodola is a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and lecturer in Church History at Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne (University of Divinity). Max specialises in research on the Church in Australia, the history of the papacy and the significance of ecumenical councils, with a special focus on the Second Vatican Council. In 2010 Max completed his doctoral thesis at Monash University where he examined in some detail the historical background of Angelo Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) and the late pope’s fascination with the pastoral renewal of the Church in the wake of the Council of Trent.
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