Surveys the history of the Second Vatican Council and the sixteen documents it promulgated. Highlights materials that reveal the vision of Catholic faith presented by the Council from a theological perspective.
Pope John XXIII established the Anteprepatory Commission on Pentecost, May 17, 1959 under the direction of Cardinal Domenic Tardini with Pericle Felici as secretary and 10 clerics from the Curia as members. The commission was charged with consulting the bishops of the world, offices of the Curria, the superior generals of religious communities, and the canonical facilities of seminaries and universities for advice and topics to be discussed at the Council. These volumes contain the responses sent to the Commission. A rather scarce set which is not held by the library.
On Pentecost 1960 Pope John XXIII announced the structure of the preparatory period which would consist of 10 commissions who were charged to draw up texts for consideration by the Council fathers. Each commission was headed by a Curia cardinal and assisted by a secretary who was usually a Curial staffer as well. The other members consisted of theologians and ecclesiastics. The Commission produced 75 texts of which 22 were presented for conciliar discussion. Again, these volumes are rather scarce and not held by the library although volume one of A History of Vatican II edited by Guiseppe Albergio provides a detailed description and analysis of the perparatory period.
Acta synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Oecumenico Vaticani II. Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1970-1977. by Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish.
4 volumes in 20 parts: The official Acta of the Council, this work is organized in 4 volumes according to Council sessions. The set lists the participants of each session, the text of each speech given, documents promulgated, supporting documentation and the record of each vote. Each colume contains an index. There is also a cumulative index to the entire set.
Council daybook, Vatican II, session 1-4. Edited by Floyd Anderson, director.
3 volumes: A record of what was released to the press and communicated to the public at the time that the Council was in session, including texts of speeches and all documents promulgated. Based on the press releases of the predecessor body to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Includes English translations of some speeches. contains press releases related to Council topics and documents, addresses by the Pope, draft schemas of documents, speeches of Council Fathers and lay auditors.