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Reaping the Harvest
Fifty Years After Vatican II
by Suzanne Mulligan
Published:12 June 2012
The subtitle of the book is Fifty Years After Vatican II and it examines the impact the Second Vatican Council of 1962 had on the life of the Catholic Church. It looks especially at how the Church changed, becoming less defensive and more relevant in the contemporary world. The three contributors, one a woman, are all teaching theologians who have published widely. After the Council the centrality of the Word in scripture and the dignity of the conscience became paramount. The parish was seen as a community with the role of the laity emphasised as never before. The writers recognise that there are still shortcomings and much remains to be done to fulfill the promises of the Council. This is a courageous and challenging book full of constructive suggestions for the way forward.
Reviewer: John Irvine (30/07/12)