The Deacon and the Doc preview the book, Reclaiming Vatican II, which will serve as the basis for two of our upcoming fall faith formation classes in the Brazos Valley. You can sign up to attend here: redcradio.org/vc260.
Changes in the liturgy, the abuse scandals, the collapse of religious orders, a decline in Mass attendance, just to name a few have all combined to create renewed doubt about and criticism of the Second Vatican Council in recent years. Did the implementation of the council damage the Church or were the documents themselves to blame? The book's interpretative lens of "paracouncil," borrowed from Henri de Lubac in his notes on the council, offers a helpful mechanism for fleshing out how the implementation went awry. And what might lie behind those disturbing events listed above. But could a liturgical revival of ad orientem worship, for example, ever really take hold? And how might that happen?