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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Image (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307952800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307952806
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JAMES CARROLL is the National Book Award-winning author of Practicing Catholic and An American Requiem. He writes widely on Catholic issues and is passionate about the legacy of Vatican II.

EDWARD HAHNENBERG is professor of theology at Xavier University and the author of A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II.

NORMAN TANNER, SJ, is professor of church history at the Gregorian University in Rome.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TRH on June 12, 2013
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The texts of Vatican II reflect Catholic theology at it's highest stage in development. These texts contain many years of reflected wisdom applied to the problems of the world today, while at the same time further reflecting on the faith once and for all delivered to the saints. Vatican II is not a liberal abnormality of previous Catholic teaching, but is rather the next logical step of development. It did not change or contradict the doctrines of the faith, rather it further illuminated them. If you want to learn about what Vatican II taught, there can be nothing better than reading the texts themselves. In them, you find the wisdom and truth that makes the Catholic Church so great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fay on July 19, 2013
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Since getting a copy of Vatican II texts involves looking backwards, my desired outcome might be a little different than for a current book. The immediate impact for me was that this source has both an inviting colored cover, but also large print copy Placement of the documents material is spread out on the page so that the reader doesn't need to read into the binding to glimpse essentials. The two drawbacks for me were absence of an index and separation of subsections with bold subheading. On the plus side, the notes in the back were unexpected . I recommend this as a second resource for the sake of comparison.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on October 22, 2012
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I just started to read this book. I must admit that it is a bit of a heavy read, but I expected as much. It's interesting how much Church history is intertwined with World history. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to persue an in depth study of the Second Vatican Councill
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan R. on October 19, 2012
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What better way to celebrate the Year of Faith proclaimed by Benedict XVI than reading this book? The introductions to the texts are quite helpful.
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