At the turn of this century, Pope John Paul II called for a new season of engaging the sixteen documents of the Second Vatican Council. Although these documents are part of the Church's official teaching, reading the constitutions, degrees, and declarations can be daunting, especially for the average Catholic.
In The Voice of Vatican II, Peter A. Huff uses the cathedral as metaphor to help readers hear and relate the documents to their experience today. Beginning at the altar with the Council's first document, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, he explores each in turn, explaining their significance today.
"The pilgrim departs a great cathedral rejuvenated," writes Huff. "What awaits the sincere reader of Vatican II texts is a life-changing encounter with the living Church and the Church's living Lord."
Peter A. Huff, PhD, holds the Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He earned his doctorate in historical theology from Saint Louis University in 1994.