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Vatican II

  • Professor, Georgetown University
  • Past Pres., Catholic Historical Society
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

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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.


Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

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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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

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  1. Vatican II Video-Audio Bundle: Pope John XXIII + Vatican II - 10 Discs Total $99.95
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Customer Reviews

Outstanding scholarship Review by John
Outstanding scholarship, organization, presentation, accurate whole view of Vatican II and its spirit. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
A further understanding Review by Fr. Don
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. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Excellent analysis Review by Fr. Carroll
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. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Very detailed Review by Harold
It was very detailed in explaining what Councils are, why they are called, and the difference between ecumenical and other councils. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Vatican II with John O'Malley is well delivered Review by Peter
Vatican II with John O'Malley is well delivered; a voice that I could listen to for a long time. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
For us old people who remember Vatican II as adults, it is a good review. Review by Anonymous
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. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
great overall view of the Council Review by Bill
Good background on Vatican II and great overall view of the Council, its aims, and its accomplishments. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Easy to listen to. Review by Michele
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. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
John O'Malley does a great job of explaining events and people in context. Review by John
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
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
O'Malley's history of the Council enabled me to re-live those great debates. Review by James
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. (Posted on 9/4/2015)

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