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Vatican II

  • Professor, Georgetown University
  • Past Pres., Catholic Historical Society
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Join celebrated Church historian John O'Malley in exploring the biggest meeting in the history of the world.

The Second Vatican Council concluded fifty years ago, but it is a livelier topic today than it has been for decades. Basic questions are being asked. What did the council do? Was it properly implemented? Are its decisions being systematically “rolled back”?

Good questions, but to answer them good information is needed. Such information is precisely what these twelve insightful lectures provide. You will discover the story of the council from its convocation by Pope John XXIII in 1959 to its conclusion in 1965. They reveal a dramatic clash between a large majority (85% to 90%) and a small but determined minority. Why did these two groups take their positions so passionately, who were their protagonists, and how did Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI respond?

Explore the issues that rocked the council. How should the Church deal with non-Christian religions, such as Islam? What is the true nature of the liturgy? How is the Church to deal with the “new churches” emerging in Africa and Asia? Is freedom to choose one's religion compatible with Catholicism? Is there any limit to the authority of the Roman Curia? Why did Pope Paul VI remove certain topics from the agenda?

These lectures will give you the orientation you need to understand one of the most important events of the 20th century, to appreciate the problems it faced, and to grapple with the questions being asked about it (and the Catholic Church) today.


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1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction
  • The Documents and the Issues
  • The Long Nineteenth Century
  • The Council Opens
  • The First Period, 1962
  • The Second Period (and a New Pope), 1963: Part I
  • The Second Period: Part II
  • The Third Period, 1964: Part I
  • The Third Period: Part II
  • The Third Period: Part III
  • The Fourth Period (1965)
  • Conclusion
About Your Presenter
John W. O’Malley, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus, is currently University Professor in the Theology Department of Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. His specialty is the religious culture of early modern Europe. Father O’Malley has written and edited a number of books, several of which have won best-book awards. For instance, The First Jesuits, perhaps his best known work, received both the Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society and the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History. It has been translated into ten languages. In 2008, he published with Harvard University Press What Happened at Vatican II, which is a companion to his book from the same press, Trent: What Happened at the Council (2012). Father O’Malley has lectured widely in Europe and North America to both professional and general audiences. He is past-president of the Renaissance Society of America and the American Catholic Historical Association. He holds the Johannes Quasten Medal from The Catholic University of America for distinguished service in religious studies. In 1995 he was elected to the American Academy...
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Customer Reviews (16)
Outstanding scholarship
Outstanding scholarship, organization, presentation, accurate whole view of Vatican II and its spirit. Review by John (Posted on 10/19/2016)
A further understanding
Regarding the program on Vatican II, this is helping with a further understanding of the Council. I wonder at times if we have fully understood the impact of that Council with its challenge, insights, struggles within the Council, and ways to live that struggle now. Review by Fr. Don (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Excellent analysis
Vatican II presents an excellent analysis of the Church prior to, during and after the Council. It gives a deeper understanding of the profound change in the mission of the Church brought about by the Council. Review by Fr. Carroll (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Very detailed
It was very detailed in explaining what Councils are, why they are called, and the difference between ecumenical and other councils. Review by Harold (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Vatican II with John O'Malley is well delivered
Vatican II with John O'Malley is well delivered; a voice that I could listen to for a long time. Review by Peter (Posted on 4/28/2016)
For us old people who remember Vatican II as adults, it is a good review.
For us old people who remember Vatican II as adults, it is a good review. For the young people who do not, it is a good description of what Vatican II is all about. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/28/2016)
great overall view of the Council
Good background on Vatican II and great overall view of the Council, its aims, and its accomplishments. Review by Bill (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Easy to listen to.
I found the set on Vatican II easy to listen to. Some humour in them and lots of information. The presenter, Fr. John O'Malley, was very well versed in his area of expertise and had a pleasant speaking voice. I listened to the CDs three times over as I drove to and from work in the car. It was like having a very intelligent companion conversing with me. Excellent. Review by Michele (Posted on 4/28/2016)
John O'Malley does a great job of explaining events and people in context.
John O'Malley does a great job of explaining events and people in context. I believe that knowing the history of a group or a period enables us to keep things in perspective
Review by John (Posted on 11/23/2015)
O'Malley's history of the Council enabled me to re-live those great debates.
I was a student in a Rome during Vatican Two. O'Malley's history of the Council enabled me to re-live those great debates. Review by James (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Fr. O'Malley knows this topic inside and out!
Fr. O'Malley knows this topic (Vatican II) inside and out and is not afraid to talk about the difficulties encountered in the Council. No whitewashing. Review by Fr. Joseph (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Fr. O'Malley provides insight into the council, its workings and decisions that overcomes the mis-information and confusion that is often reflected in the lay press. Review by Ed Speegle, Gold River, CA, USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Vatican II was as interesting as a thriller. It gives a very good synthesis of the events that happens during the councils, allowing us to discover the powerful action of the Holy Spirit. Review by Fr. Michel Legault, Cromwell, CT (Posted on 4/14/2015)
He is very knowledgeable on the subject and an engaging speaker. He does not speak as if he is reading from a paper. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/14/2015)
The presentation is excellent; holds your attention; and is a great understanding of what Vatican 2 is all about. Review by Mr. Ed; Cape Cod, MA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
He has such a command of the material and summarizes so well the important themes and behind the scenes activities at the Council. Review by tom (Posted on 6/26/2012)
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