The Second Vatican Council, the twenty-first in the history of the Church, was opened by John XXIII on 11 October 1962 and closed by Paul VI on 8 December 1965. Despite the expectations and hopes of many, the era that followed did not represent for the Church a "springtime" or a "Pentecost" but, as Paul VI himself and his successors recognized, a period of crisis and difficulty.
This is one of the reasons why a lively hermeneutic discussion has opened, in which the authoritative voice of Pope Benedict XVI has entered, inviting us to read the texts of the Council in continuity with the Tradition of the Church.
To the ongoing debate, Roberto de Mattei offers the contribution not of the theologian, but of the historian, through a rigorous reconstruction of the event, its roots and its consequences, based above all on archival documents, diaries, correspondences and testimonies of those who they were the protagonists.
From the documented and exciting picture traced by the author, an "unwritten history" of Vatican II emerges which helps us to understand not only the events of yesterday but also the religious problems of the Church today.
Author: Roberto de Mattei
Edition year: 2010