Whatever happened to the Second Vatican Council? Has the Catholic Church backed away from its teachings? What, exactly, were those teachings? Did the Council stand for the renewal of the liturgy, for example, or its destruction? Did it bring the Church into the world, or has it allowed the world to infiltrate the Church?
On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the closing of Vatican II, Alan Schrek discusses the key documents of the Council and their meaning for Catholics today.
He also takes a close look at the ferment and criticism Vatican II left in its wake. What he finds will surprise some Catholics but encourages all to lean into the task of renewing and strengthening the Church for the twenty-first century.
Alan Schrek is professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is author of numerous books, including Catholic and Christian and The Essential Catholic Catechism.