VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO VATICAN II
29 Apr 2023
The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), or Vatican II, is arguably the most significant event in the life of the Catholic Church since the Reformation. The Council initiated, intentionally or not, profound changes not simply within Catholic theology, but in the religious, social, and moral lives of the world's billion Catholics. It also reconfigured, intellectually and practically, the Church's engagements with those outside of it - most obviously with regard to other religions.
In this Very Short Introduction, Stephen Bullivant presents the backstory to this event. Vatican II is explored in light of the wider history of the Catholic Church and places it in the exciting and tumultuous context of the 1960s.