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Gaudium et Spes: On the Church in the Modern World by Vatican Council II

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Key text on Church – World relations of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II was one of the most significant events in the life of the modern Church.

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Key text on Church – World relations of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II was one of the most significant events in the life of the modern Church. Between October 1962 and December 1965 the largest ever gathering of Catholic bishops answered the call of Pope John XXIII to let some fresh air into the Church. Completing the work of an earlier Vatican Council that had been cut short, and in a tradition of ecumenical councils dating back to the time of the Apostles, Vatican II laid the foundations for a renewal process that still continues. Gaudium et Spes (the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) instructs the faithful on the importance of Christian engagement with the world and the principles that should govern that engagement today. It is a document of particular importance to the laity, whose responsibility it is to transform the society in which they live. Pope John Paul II took two of the document's themes - that of the importance of culture, and that of a new understanding of human nature centred on Christ - and made these fundamental to his pontificate. Republished for the Year of Faith as part of a set of the four major documents of the Council (known as Constitutions and named after their opening words in Latin), with new Introductions by leading churchmen, to encourage continued study of the Council in parishes and elsewhere.
Among the subjects touched upon:
  • It does make sense to become a priest
  • Face scandals with frankness, but rejoice in God's gift
  • The priesthood is not simply office but sacrament.
Each excerpt addresses a specific topic concerning the philosophical and practical issues, followed by the Web address for the entire document in question. And, a follow up question serves as the springboard for personal reflection or group discussion.

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Product CodeB2050
KeywordsGeneral books Recent Vatican Documents
AuthorVatican Council II
BindingPaperback.
ISBN9781860822803
Number of Pages107
PublisherCTS