See this online text:
- “Newman, the Councils, and Vatican II”, by Dr. Ian Ker, Communio, Volume 28, No. 4 (Winter 2001): pp. 708-728. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
See also the texts listed on the webpage Church and Ecclesiology, the 11 October 2012 post “Online texts: Documents of the Second Vatican Council; and on its Interpretation and Application“, the 11 October 2017 post “Online texts: The original schemas (drafts) of Vatican II“, and the 30 September 2021 post “Online text: Instruction on Vernacular Languages in the Roman Liturgy, by the Congregation for Divine Worship“; as well as the following texts discussing (from both approbative and critical viewpoints) the Council in general:
- “The Body, the Family, and the Order of Love: The Interpretive Key to Vatican II”, by José Granados, Communio, Volume 39, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012): pp. 201-226. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “The Ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council”, by Dr. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), translated by Stephen Wentworth Arndt, Communio, Volume 13, No. 3 (Fall 1986): pp. 239-252. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review. What appears to be the same text, under the title “The Ecclesiology of Vatican II”, may be read online on this page of the EWTN Library, which describes it as the author’s “Lecture of at the opening of the Pastoral Congress of the Diocese of Aversa, Italy (15 September 2001)”.
- Iota Unum: A Study of Changes in the Catholic Church in the XXth Century, by Romano Amerio, 2nd edition (Kansas City, MO: Angelus Press, 1996). The paperback may be purchased on this page of Loreto Publications, and at Angelus Press. Selected chapters may be read online at SSPX Asia (courtesy of the Angelus Press, Kansas City, MO 64109). [Note, the last website contains materials whose critical view of the Second Vatican Council may merit reconsideration through the hermeneutic of reform and continuity proposed by Pope Benedict XVI.]
- “The Second Vatican Council: Difficulties of Its Interpretation”, by Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, former President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino. Address Given to the Ecclesia Mater School, August 2019]. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture.org, and on this page of Stilum Curiae.
- “Vatican II’s Catholicity: A Christological Perspective on Truth, History, and the Human Person”, by Antonio López, Communio, Volume 39, No.1 (Spring-Summer 2012): pp. 82-117. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
See also these texts discussing various aspects of the Council’s teaching and legislation:
- Apostolic Letter “Spiritus et Sponsa” on the 40th Anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy “Sacrosanctum Concilium”, by Saint John Paul the Great / Pope John Paul II, 04 December 2003. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture.org.
- Apostolic Letter “Vicesimus Quintus Annus” on the 25th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Conciliar Constitution “Sacrosanctum Concilium” on the Sacred Liturgy, by Saint John Paul the Great / Pope John Paul II, 4 December 1988. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture.org, and at the Holy See.
- “Benedict XVI’s ‘Hermeneutic of Reform’ and Religious Freedom”, by Martin Rhonheimer, Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Fall 2011): 1029–54. Available in PDF format on this page of the St. Paul Center. and at the University of Arizona [Parts of the text were previously published online in English at Chiesa. A response by Thomas Pink, “Rhonheimer on religious liberty: On The ‘hermeneutic of reform’ and religious liberty in Nova et Vetera”, may be read online on this page of Rorate Coeli]
- “The Body and the Bride of Christ: The Church as One Unique Transcendent Subject”, by Roch Kereszty, Communio, Volume 46, No. 2 (Summer 2019): pp. 268-287. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “Christian Personalism and the Debate Over the Nature and Ends of Marriage”, by Nicholas J. Healy Jr., Communio, Volume 39, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012): pp. 186-200. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “Family and the Identity of the Person”, by David S. Crawford, Communio, Volume 39, No.1 (Spring-Summer 2012): pp. 169-186. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity: An Interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae on the Right to Religious Liberty”, by David L. Schindler, Volume 40.2 (Summer-Fall 2013). Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “The “Hermeneutic of Reform” and Religious Freedom”, by Martin Rhonheimer, translated by Joseph T. Papa. May be read online on this page of www.chiesa, which provides the subtitle “Continuity or discontinuity: how did Vatican II understand the Church’s relation with the modern world?”
- “The Orations of the Vatican II Missal: Policies for Revision”, by Lauren Pristas, Communio, Volume 30, No. 4 (Winter 2003): pp. 621-653. Available in pdf format though this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- “Subsistit In: Full Identity or Discontinuity?”, by Brian Kusek (2016). School of Divinity Master’s Theses and Projects, 16. Available in pdf format at the University of St. Thomas.
- “Toward a Culture of Life: The Eucharist, the ‘Restoration’ of Creation, and the ‘Worldly’ Task of the Laity in Liberal Societies”, by David L. Schindler, Volume 29.4 (Winter 2002): pp.679-690. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- Vatican II and the Church’s ‘Openness to the World’”, by Professor Margaret H. McCarthy, Ph.D., Communio, Volume 39, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012): pp. 227-268. Available in pdf format through this page of Communio: International Catholic Review.
- Will Many Be Saved?: What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization, by Professor Ralph Martin, S.T.D. [Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Archdiocese of Detroit] (Grand Rapids: Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2012). The ebook and/or the printed book may be purchased at Verbum and Amazon.
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“The major interest of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred heritage of Christian truth be safeguarded and expounded with greater efficacy… Its intention is to give to the world the whole of that doctrine which, notwithstanding every difficulty and contradiction, has become the common heritage of mankind—to transmit it in all its purity, undiluted, undistorted…
“What is needed at the present time is a new enthusiasm, a new joy and serenity of mind in the unreserved acceptance by all of the entire Christian faith, without forfeiting that accuracy and precision in its presentation which characterized the proceedings of the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council… that this doctrine shall be more widely known, more deeply understood, and more penetrating in its effects on men’s moral lives…. that this certain and immutable doctrine, to which the faithful owe obedience, be studied afresh and reformulated in contemporary terms. For this deposit of faith, or truths which are contained in our time-honored teaching is one thing; the manner in which these truths are set forth (with their meaning preserved intact) is something else…
“It is… an overwhelming source of grief to us to know that, although Christ’s blood has redeemed every man that is born into this world, there is still a great part of the human race that does not share in those sources of supernatural grace, which exist in the Catholic Church. And yet the Church sheds her light everywhere. The power that is hers by reason of her supernatural unity redounds to the advantage of the whole family of men… Such, venerable brethren, is the aim of the Second Vatican Council. It musters the Church’s best energies and studies with all earnestness how to have the message of salvation more readily welcomed by men.” (Pope St. John XXIII, Opening Address To the Council, 11 October 1962)