Vatican II Interpretation Book Review

Perhaps the most popular books on Vatican II events may be What Happened at Vatican II by John W. O’Malley and Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition ed. by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering.

Richard John Neuhaus gives us his view on how they present the council and its continuity with the past. https://www.firstthings.com/article/2008/10/what-really-happened-at-vatican-ii

If you don’t want to read the article the basic conclusion is that Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition ed. by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering presents the idea of the hermeneutic of continuity and relies on sound theology to accomplish this. What Happened at Vatican II by John W. O’Malley presents more of a discontinuity theory from a liberal perspective (which ironically also supports SSPX conservative separation due to the discontinuity) from a sociological or psychological perspective.

Both books will cost you around 30$ which places them in the expensive range in my estimation, so personally I know I will be only buying Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition ed. by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering and not spending 30$ on the other one.

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