The Second Vatican Council (aka Vatican II) was convened in 1962 by Pope St. John XXIII and lasted through 1965. It gathered all the bishops from around the world to produce 16 wonderful texts.
However, fifty years after its conclusion there’s still debate about what Vatican II taught and how the Council was implemented. In this episode, Fr. Blake and Brandon discuss what you need to know about the Council: why Vatican II was needed, a simple timeline, the key terms and people, what happened after the Council, the major controversies, and why the Council remains important today. They close with several recommended books on Vatican II to go deeper.
Note: At 28:52 , Fr. Blake refers to the “Council of the Magisteriums” but he meant to say “Council of the theologians.”
- Documents of Vatican II – start with 4 constitutions
- The Irony of Modern Catholic History by George Weigel
- What Happened at Vatican II by John O’Malley
- Conciliar Octet: A Concise Commentary on the Eight Key Texts of the Second Vatican Council by Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP
- The Council in Question: A Dialogue with Catholic Traditionalism by Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP and Moyra Doorly
- The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II by Thomas Guarino
- The Reception of Vatican II edited by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering
- Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition edited by Matthew Lamb and Matthew Levering
- The Spirit of the Liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI
- “Reclaiming the Second Vatican Council” by Fr. Blake Britton (article)
- Bishop Barron on His Theological Path (video)
- Vatican II FAQs (Word on Fire)