Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents contains the sixteen documents issued by the Second Vatican Council itself, plus a rich collection of post conciliar documents related to its implementation. These documents, in the well-known translation of Austin Flannery, provide the context for understanding the teaching of the Council and the changes it brought about in the life of the Church.
Read the Flannery translation side by side with the Latin text or the LEV edition and understand the Church’s teachings more clearly than ever. The Logos edition links you to the rest of your library, bringing you references to Summa Theologica, the catechisms and documents from the Council of Trent, and the papal encyclicals of the past two centuries—and much, much more. References to the Bible appear on mouseover, so you won’t have to navigate away from the page to check the reference.
Any student of modern Catholicism should have this book. What Vatican II did in its influence of present day Catholic perspectives and outlook is well-known. What is often forgotten is the documents outlining the future understanding of what the Roman Catholic Church is. Catholics high school level and up should be introduced to this, particular those students concerned with understanding the official apologetic on tough issues. Protestants of all denominations will see how their own history has been intertwined with Roman Catholicism, and, from this volume, appreciate the similarities and differences. . . . In many ways, this is far more substantive than the Catechism, in that it provides a more thorough Scriptural base in its reasoning. It is more of an anthology of legal decrees, and yet it [is] accessible. It isn’t in legalese, but it may refer to articles and other documents unknown to some readers.
—Anthony Trendl, writer, public speaker, communications consultant
Volume 1 includes the 16 original constitutions and decrees and 49 documents issued after the close of the Council.
Volume 2 contains 56 post conciliar documents additional to those in Volume 1.