- The Constitution on the Liturgy
- The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
- The Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches
- The Decree on Ecumenism
- The Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions
- The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
- The Declaration on Religious Liberty
- The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
The future Cardinal Walter Kasper settled on a total of four rules of thumb: integral understanding of the text, rather than picking and choosing; the unity of their “letter” and their “spirit,” to be “discovered by pursuing the textual history in detail and from this extracting the council’s intention”; the uninterrupted Tradition of the Church (but, as Lanzetta remarks, this should be the superordinate criterion, not one of the subordinate criteria), and, lastly — here Kasper ventures a formulation that is open to abuse — “a unity between tradition and a living, relevant interpretation in the light of the current situation.” (p.16)Fr. Nichols delves into each document with the intent to demonstrate how the major documents of Vatican 2 came about, as well as how they are legitimate developments of doctrine and disciplines of the Church. For anyone who wants to better understand what exactly happened almost 60 years ago at the Second Vatican Council, Conciliar Octet is a must-read.
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Christine Johnson has been married to Nathan since 1993 and is the mother of two homeschool graduates. She and Nathan live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she tries to fit in as a transplanted Yank. She blogs at Domestic Vocation about her life as a wife, mother, and Lay Dominican.