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    What Happened at Vatican II (Hardback) By (author) John W. O'Malley


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    DescriptionDuring four years in session, Vatican Council II held television audiences rapt with its elegant, magnificently choreographed public ceremonies, while its debates generated front-page news on a near-weekly basis. By virtually any assessment, it was the most important religious event of the twentieth century, with repercussions that reached far beyond the Catholic church. Remarkably enough, this is the first book, solidly based on official documentation, to give a brief, readable account of the council from the moment Pope John XXIII announced it on January 25, 1959, until its conclusion on December 8, 1965; and to locate the issues that emerge in this narrative in their contexts, large and small, historical and theological, thereby providing keys for grasping what the council hoped to accomplish."What Happened at Vatican II" captures the drama of the council, depicting the colorful characters involved and their clashes with one another. The book also offers a new set of interpretive categories for understanding the council's dynamics - categories that move beyond the tired "progressive" and "conservative" labels. As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the calling of the council, this work reveals in a new way the spirit of Vatican II. A reliable, even-handed introduction to the council, the book is a critical resource for understanding the Catholic church today, including the pontificate of Benedict XVI.

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    What Happened at Vatican II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John W. O'Malley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674031692
    ISBN 10: 0674031695

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJP
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC7
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: REL010000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A13805000
    BISAC V2.8: REL067050
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJP
    DC22: 262.52, 262/.52
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    LC classification: BX830 1962 .O46 2008
    Thema V1.0: QRAX, QRMB1
    Illustrations note
    9 halftones
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    30 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    John W. O'Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University. His books include The First Jesuits, Trent and All That, and Four Cultures of the West (all from Harvard).
    Review quote
    [A] lucid, coherent assessment of the Second Vatican Council. -- T. M. Izbicki "Choice" (02/01/2009)