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What is the “True” Spirit of Vatican II?
Few topics in the Church today rattle and divide as much as the Second Vatican Council. While opinions abound, many Catholics struggle to understand the council or what it should mean to them today.
Fr. Blake is passionate about the transformative vision of the Second Vatican Council because he’s seen the positive impact a grounded understanding of the council’s vision has had in the seminary and his own home parish. Through his years of studying Vatican II, he discovered how to get beyond the confusing and often polarizing narratives that surround the council and its legacy.
In Reclaiming Vatican II, Fr. Blake shares the theological treasures that flow from the council and speaks to both sides of the theological and political spectrum (as well as all those in the middle) to show how Vatican II is not simply a possible avenue of reforming and refocusing the Church; it is the avenue, provided by the Holy Spirit himself through the Mystical Body of Christ.
The 3 Questions We Need to Answer to Reclaim Vatican II
What Exactly Happened?
While Fr. Blake was studying this council, he started to notice something both perplexing and unsettling. There was a wide discrepancy between what was taught by the council fathers and what was presented afterward. He shows how misunderstandings that sprang from the paracouncil that followed Vatican II caused many Catholics to either accept or reject a poor caricature of what the council actually envisioned.
What was the Council Trying to Do?
Once you can understand where the paths began to stray after the council, it is much easier to get back to its roots and see what a gift this council can be for the Church. Fr. Blake explores the deep theological richness that came from the council in the areas of liturgy, the role of the Church, Divine Revelation, and the Church in the modern world to rediscover the “true spirit of Vatican II.”
Where Do We Go from Here?
In the words of Bishop Robert Barron, many believers today have “hearts that long for a balanced, orthodox, and vibrant Catholicism.” Vatican II is not only a route towards revitalizing the Church but the route. Fr. Blake shows you how to better implement the council’s teachings by reaching out to your priests, realizing the power of small, intentional steps, and committing to learning, teaching, and evangelizing.
Publisher : Ave Maria Press (October 8, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 224 pages
ISBN-10 : 164680029X
ISBN-13 : 978-1646800292
Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches