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The Documents of Vatican II


The beginning of the Year of Faith marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 1962. In his apostolic letter Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that the Year of Faith provides ‘a good opportunity to help people understand that the texts bequeathed by the Council Fathers, in the words of Blessed John Paul II, “have lost nothing of their value or brilliance”’. A goal of this year, therefore, is to become familiar with the documents of Vatican II, and to make them ‘widely known’ (n. 5). In this spirit, Veritas are happy to offer excerpts from Bishop Donal Murray’s book Keeping Open the Door of Faith: The Legacy of Vatican II on a monthly basis. We hope that these short excerpts will inspire those who read them to study for themselves the documents of Vatican II.


Keeping Open the Door of Faith by Bishop Donal Murray:


November 2013: Final Excerpt from Chapter Five: Our Restless Hearts


October 2013: Excerpt from Chapter Five: ‘The Door of Faith is Always Open’


September 2013: A final excerpt from Chapter Four: ‘The astonishing experience of Gift 


August 2013: A final excerpt from Chapter Four: ‘Who are we?’


July 2013: A second except from Chapter Four: Who am I?’


June 2013: Excerpt from Chapter Four: ‘The Mystery of Humanity’


May 2013: A final excerpt from Chapter Three: The Summit and the Source’


April 2013: A second excerpt from Chapter Three: God has, as it were, disappeared


March 2013: Excerpt from Chapter Three: The Noble Obligation


February 2013: A second excerpt from Chapter Two: Mission in Ireland Today


January 2013: Excerpt from Chapter Two: By Its Very Nature Missionary


December 2012: A second excerpt from Chapter One: ‘The Great Challenge Facing Us’ and ‘Particular Challenges of Building Communion’


November 2012: Excerpt from Chapter One: The Central and Fundamental Idea


October 2012: Introduction to Keeping Open the Door of Faith by Bishop Donal Murray


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