Join one of the world's leading Catholic theologians in exploring the enduring power of Vatican II to shape the future of the Catholic Church.
As John XXIII said, the Catholic Church is not a museum filled with artifacts but rather "a flourishing garden of life" that moves ever forward into the future. This profound vision led him to convene a new ecumenical council, the first in almost a century.
In this insightful audio course, you will look at Vatican II as a starting point for reflecting on the challenges facing the Catholic Church today. The council laid the foundations for a bold new vision of the church; now, it is our task to bring that vision to completion.
Your guide for this powerful exploration is Dr. Richard Gaillardetz (PhD, Notre Dame), the past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and a charismatic teacher. You will first look at the council in a broad historical context, exploring Vatican II as an event that revealed much about what it means to be church. You will also explore the essential contributions of the council, considering how they might best be implemented in the church today. You will find great insights into the life of the church in Vatican II and the church of the third millennium. Discover how to make the council's bold vision a reality today.
This course is part of the Learn25 collection and includes a PDF study guide.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
"One of our premier ecclesiologists, Rick Gaillardetz has mined the documents of the Second Vatican Council to bring to light gems missed by many. Listening to him as he works through the conciliar documentsand explores their implications is always an enriching experience." (Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology, Loyola Marymount University)
“Richard Gaillardetz is one of today’s most important teachers and reliable interpreters of the theology of the Second Vatican Council. He has a remarkable gift for effectively communicating the sometimes complex theological teachings of the council and showing their relevance for people of faith in our day.” (Prof. Catherine Clifford, St. Paul University, Ottawa)
“Richard Gaillardetz is one of the finest ecclesiologists at work today. He demonstrates learning and clarity in equal measure, and I cannot imagine a better guide through the complexities of Vatican II.” (Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies. Director, Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University)
"Richard Gaillardetz has that rare ability to translate advanced scholarship into accessible language. He is a great theologian, an undisputed expert on the council, and one of the best teachers I have ever seen in action.” (Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., author of A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II)