Pope Calls For SC Study

From the pope’s transmitted address to the Eucharistic Congress (courtesy of Zenit):

‘The Mystery of Faith': this we proclaim at every Mass. I would like everyone to make a commitment to study this great mystery, especially by revisiting and exploring, individually and in groups, the Council’s text on the liturgy, ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium,’ so as to bear witness courageously to the mystery.

We’ve done that here on Catholic Sensibility. Feel free to look back over our archives on Sacrosanctum Concilium and revisit any conversation that seems interesting. Better yet, petition for or start a discussion group in your parish. Remember, SC is available online in English here.

This index of all the Vatican II documents is also available, giving you ten language options.

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6 Responses to Pope Calls For SC Study

  1. Jeff Pinyan says:

    So long, of course, as we don’t look at it as “a mysterious document whose actual intent is subject to interpretation”…

    Although, the Pope invited us to “revisit” and “explore” it. I like the sounds of those verbs.

  2. Sean says:

    Has anyone who reads this site read from the Rediscovering Vatican II series which includes:

    The Church in the Making: Lumen Gentium, Christus Dominus, Orientalium Ecclesiarum
    by Richard R. Gaillardetz

    Has anyone read the fairly expensive History of Vatican II series edited by Giuseppe Alberigo?

  3. Brendan Kelleher SVD says:

    Re:Rediscovering Vat II Series.
    Have to hand all volumes published to date. Of those I have read, Gaillardetz quite good, Tanner weak, as also Ferrone on the liturgy, the best so far has been Witherup on Verbum Dei/Revelation. Would rate them good for parish level, but also recommend that follow reading be done using the fairly up to date ‘reccomended reading’ lists. Though these also occasionally miss good studies for the more advanced reader.
    On faith and revelation anything by Avery Cardinal Dulles would be highly recommended, as also his writings on the Church.

  4. sean says:

    Thanks. Good to know.

  5. Brendan Kelleher SVD says:

    Sean
    wrote yesterday’s post from my desk at High school, where I teach, so didn’t have Ferrone on the Liturgy, Rediscovering Vatican II series, to hand. Having had time since to give it a second look I stand by my comment, but will note that her chapter “Further Reading”, which is an annotated reading list, is fairly well done. Sadly she misses, Keith Peckler: “Worship”, New Century Thelogy Series, Continuum (2003), and a very fine book by Dennis C Smolarski: “Sacred Mysteries, Sacramental Principles and Liturgical Practice”, Paulist (1995), Smolarski also ahs a wonderful little book, revised in the light of the most recent General Instruction, called “How Not to Say Mass”, Paulist (2003).
    Personally I’d love to see a reprint, with necessary updating, of a series by the English pastoral liturgist J.D. Chrichton: “Christian Celebration”. They were essential reading when I did theology in the 1970’s at the venerable Pontifical University of Ireland, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland.
    One reason I recommend Smolarski is that so often a lack of knowledge of sacramental principles leads to an inadequate understanding of liturgy, and consequently bad practice.

  6. Jeff Pinyan says:

    I have a book arriving today (hopefully) by Dr. Pamela Jackson: An Abundance of Graces: Reflections on Sacrosanctum Concilium (Studies Series). It has good reviews and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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