Even if we have studied the history and documents of the Council, we have a great deal to learn from reading this book. It shows the Council to us in a manner that is detailed and fresh. [This book] is a much-needed stimulus to attend to a moment in the life of the Church that some Catholics today are in danger of short-changing. This is a welcome, enjoyable and perceptive book.
Gabriel Daly, OSA, Doctrine and Life
Those who love the Second Vatican Council and do their best to implement it in the life of the church and beyond will draw much inspiration and encouragement from what Congar wrote, day by passing day, before, during, and after the council.
Gerald O’Collins, SJ, Theological Studies
One of the most theologically fascinating and just plain entertaining books I’ve read in a long time is Yves Congar’s My Journal of the Council.
Robert Barron, Author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
It is an immensely happy development to have in English at long last the diaries of Yves Congar, one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century who did so much to advance the cause of Orthodox-Catholic unity. If you have any interest in, inter alia: Congar's life, the developments in the Catholic Church during the twentieth century, the Second Vatican Council, Protestant-Catholic relations, Orthodox-Catholic relations, the ongoing deliberations between the Society of St. Pius X
and Rome today, the early thought and career of Joseph Ratzinger, Popes John XXIII and Paul VI, and much else besides, then you simply must buy this book. It is an absolute goldmine of insights into all the foregoing persons, events, and institutions, and into Congar himself, of courseand much, much else besides. It ranges from soaring insightsespecially into ecclesiology, which was Congar's specialityto such mundane comments after an overlong meeting of conciliar officials in Rome in September 19
My Journal of the Council is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the nitty-gritty of church history. We’re lucky to have it.
National Review Online
This journal is a must read for anyone interested not only in Vatican II but in ecclesiology and in modern Church history.
Fr. William C. Mills, Author of Church, World, and Kingdom
The English translation of Yves Congar’s Journal du concile is absolutely important, for it reopens the debate on the theological value of Vatican II. Congar was arguably the most important theologian of Vatican II, and his journal is the single most important private” source for historians and theologians of the Council. It is one of the very necessary texts at fifty years from the opening of the Council.
Massimo Faggioli, University of Saint Thomas, Author of True Reform
Yves Congar’s diaries give us an intimate insight into the most important event in the life of the Catholic Church in twentieth century. Having been marginalized and silenced because of his theological views, Congar was summoned to Rome to be a crucial actor in the Council. He records his views of the participants with wonderful frankness, and gives us access to the dramatic negotiations and maneuvers that took place behind the scenes. It is impossible to put it down. It unveils the genesis of the Council documents that changed the Church.
Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Former Master General of the Dominican Order
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