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The essays in this collection examine the spirit of Vatican II at work during a period of rapid changes and profound transitions within the global community.



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Sacred Heart University Press


Fairfield CT


Second Vatican Council, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Reform


Christian Denominations and Sects | Liturgy and Worship | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Table of Contents:

Preface / Anthony J. Cernera -- Vatican II: the church's self-understanding / Georgia Masters Keightley -- Revision, reform, renewal: the impact of Sacrosanctum concilium on Roman rite liturgy and worship / Jan Michael Joncas -- Roman Catholic Church and the contribution to Christian unity / Jeffrey Gros -- Scripture in the life of the Church / Brigid Curtin Frein -- Catholic Church and interreligious dialogue / John Borelli -- Church in the modern world: rereading Gaudium et spes after thirty years / William C. McDonough -- Catholic social teaching since Vatican II / David J. O'Brien -- Full, conscious, and active participation: the laity's quest / H. Richard McCord -- Journey from the side chapel to the main aisle: religious life in the postconciliar church / Margaret Palliser -- Learning to reason well: moral theology since Vatican II / James F. Keenan -- Vatican II: pastoral care and practical theology / Oliver J. Morgan -- Reading the signs of the times: an ongoing task of the church in the world / Anthony J. Cernera.

Vatican II: The Continuing Agenda



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