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The Rhine Flows into the Tiber: A History of Vatican II Paperback – December 1, 1991
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Having read the Documents of Vatican II, (I learned more from the footnotes than from the text itself) and gained insight into the
direction, but was still left with the "Who, where, what, why and how" questions.
So many questions answered! I highly recommend this for Catholics searching for answers after Vatican II.
Fr. Wiltgen presents a unique view of the proceedings, giving a real sense of presence at the Council, without burying the reader in excessive detail. He was there, after all, and published a journal for the bishops at the Council. Unlike several of the books published later, this is not a polemic, but a journal, and in the spirit of what journalism used to be: objective reporting of events.
I have a copy of the original paperback, and am very happy now to have the revised volume on my Kindle, making it easy to reference when I am away from home.
It made me wonder, what will the future bring? What will happen when more and more faithful become aware of where the postconciliar nonsense came from? What will happen when it becomes crystal clear that the Vatican II / Novus Ordo is a rupture (at best!) from true teaching? I'm certain we are on a collision course; the only question is when and how.
If you care about truth, you deserve to read this book.
(As an aside, there are so many interesting players in this epic event (Rahner, Ratzinger, Kung, Lefebvre, etc), that you may need to do as I did, and make a chart of who is who, and from where, and said what, and influenced whom. Those more visually inclined may benefit from a feltboard with cutouts and names of the key people, or perhaps a set of action figures to align in the various camps. This may seem comical but I think it would truly help to keep everyone straight.)