The Church in the Making by Richard Gaillardetz

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The Church in the Making: Lumen Gentium, Christus Dominus, Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Rediscovering Vatican II)

Publisher: Paulist Press, 2006
ISBN: 0809142767
Paperback: 240 pages

Vatican II has become a place-marker in the ecclesiastical and ideological geography of contemporary Catholicism. Yet forty years later, few who refer to the council and its teachings, whether with approval or criticism, demonstrate a solid grasp of those teachings. Even fewer are aware of the important debates that have taken place in the past four decades regarding the council’s authentic reception and implementation of its documents. The Church in the Making responds to this pressing pastoral reality by outlining and explaining the issues still alive in the Catholic church as it continues the work of implementing Vatican II. This volume focuses on three of the council’s documents: The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium); the Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church (Christus Dominus); and the Decree on the Catholic Eastern Churches (Orientalium Ecclesiarum).