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Research Guide to Vatican II

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This research guide is designed for use particularly with the Faculty of Theology course SMT3670 Thought of Vatican II. It is maintained by Noel S. McFerran. It was last updated September 2011.


Texts and Translations

The Second Vatican Council met from 1962 to 1965 in four sessions (October-December 1962, September-December 1963, September-November 1964, and September-December 1965). Sixteen major documents were produced: two dogmatic and pastoral constitutions, nine decrees and three declarations. The authoritative Latin text of each of these documents can be found in Tanner's Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils or on the Vatican website.

There are at least five English translations of the sixteen documents; in addition there are other English translations of individual documents. The variety of ways in which the documents have been dealt with by translators shows the necessity of referring to the authoritative Latin text.


Documents of the II Vatican Council.

Documents of the II Vatican Council.

[Available online for free.]
The official Latin text with English, Italian, and Spanish translations. The English translations are those prepared by the National Catholic Welfare Conference (the predecessor body to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). There are also French, German, and Portuguese translations of some documents.


Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils.

Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils.

Edited by Norman P. Tanner. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1990. Latin text and English translation.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 825 .A1990 v.2]

The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II.

The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II.

National Catholic Welfare Conference translation. Boston, MA: St. Paul Editions, 1965.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 825 1962 .A3 N25 1965]

The Documents of Vatican II.

The Documents of Vatican II.

Edited by Walter M. Abbott. New York: Herder and Herder, 1966.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A3 G3 1966]

Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents.

Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents.

New revised edition by Austin Flannery. Boston, MA: St. Paul, 1992.
St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A3 F55 v.1]

Vatican Council II Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations: A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language.

Vatican Council II Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations: A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language.

Edited by Austin Flannery. Northport, NY: Costello, 1996.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A3 F55 1996]

Concordances

A concordance is an alphabetical list of all the words in a work. It can be used to locate a known passage or to learn how a particular word or concept is used in the documents of the Council.


Concilium Vaticanum II: Concordance, Index, Listes de frquence, Tables comparatives.

Concilium Vaticanum II: Concordance, Index, Listes de frquence, Tables comparatives.

Edited by Philippe Delhaye, Michel Gueret, and Paul Tombeur. Louvain: CETEDOC, 1974.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .D39]
A concordance citing the use of each Latin word in context from all the Council documents. Because this work was created by a computer, forms of the same word (e.g. libertas, libertate, libertatem) are listed separately.

Indices verborum et locutionum decretorum Concilii Vaticani II.

Indices verborum et locutionum decretorum Concilii Vaticani II.

Bologna: Isitituo per le Scienze religiose di Bologna, 1978.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A48 A52]
Each volume of this set cites the use of each Latin word in context from one single Council document (e.g. from Dei verbum). Forms of the same word are listed together under the dictionary form (e.g. capite and capitibus are listed under "caput").

Index et Concordance: Vatican II.

Index et Concordance: Vatican II.

Edited by H. Tardif and G. Pelloquin. Collection "Concile et Masses". Paris: Les Editions Ouvrieres, 1969.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A48 T3]
A French-language word-index which cites paragraph numbers.

II Vatican Council: A Full-Text Search Engine.

II Vatican Council: A Full-Text Search Engine.

[Available online for free.]
A search engine which uses the English-language translation edited by Walter M. Abbott.

Subject Arrangements

Dictionary of the Council.

Dictionary of the Council.

Edited by J. Deretz and A. Nocent. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1968.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A48 D43 1968b]
Paragraph-length excerpts arranged by subject heading. The English edition is a slightly abridged version of the French original (Synopse des Textes Conciliaires, St Michael's Reference - BX 830 1962 .A48 D4 1966). There is also a German translation (Konkordanz der Konzils Texte, St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A48 K615 1968).

Diccionario del Vaticano II.

Diccionario del Vaticano II.

2nd edition by Miguel Angel Molina Martinez. Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1969.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .A48 M64]
Paragraph-length excerpts in Italian arranged by subject heading.

Council Debates and Speeches

Acta synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Oecumenici Vaticani II.

Acta synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Oecumenici Vaticani II.

Rome: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1970-present. 32 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .A2 1970]
This work is the official record of the Council's business. It includes the full-text of all speeches (almost always in Latin). Also included are submissions made in writing to the Council's various secretariats and commissions. The index volume allows one to find the debates on a particular document as well as the speeches by a particular council father. A guide to this work appears in Revue thologique de Louvain 11 (1980): 325-351.

Council Speeches of Vatican II.

Council Speeches of Vatican II.

[First and Second Sessions.] Edited by Hans Küng, Yves Congar, and Daniel O'Hanlon. Glen Rock, NJ: Paulist, 1964.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .A3 K8 1964]

Third Session Council Speeches of Vatican II.

Third Session Council Speeches of Vatican II.

Edited by William K. Leahy and Anthony T. Massimini. Glen Rock, NJ: Paulist, 1966.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .A3 L4 1966]
English translations of a selection of the most influential speeches from the first three sessions of the Council.

Contemporary Accounts

There are a number of works published at the time of the Council which record the Council's day-to-day activities, and provide some analysis of these activities. These works often serve as a vernacular language index to the official Latin-language record in the Acta synodalia (listed above).


Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II (First Session).

Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II (First Session).

By Xavier Rynne. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1963.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .R9 1963]
This work and its three companion volumes (below) are based on articles originally written by Redemptorist priest Francis X. Murphy for the monthly magazine New Yorker. The most famous example of this type of literature about the Council.

Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II (First Session).

The Second Session.

By Xavier Rynne. New York: Farrar, Straus, 1964.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .R92 1964]

Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II (First Session).

The Third Session.

By Xavier Rynne. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1965.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .R93 1965]

Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II (First Session).

The Fourth Session.

By Xavier Rynne. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .R94 1966]

Council Daybook.

Council Daybook.

Washington, DC: National Catholic Welfare Conference, 1965-1966. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .N3]
Based on the press releases of the predecessor body to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Includes English translations of some speeches.

Vatican II.

Vatican II.

By Antoine Wenger. Paris: Centurion, 1963-1965. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .W4 1963]
Written by a French Augustinian priest. The first volume has been translated into English (St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .W413 1966 v.1).

Le Concile au Jour le Jour.

Le Concile au Jour le Jour.

By Yves Congar. Paris: Cerf, 1963-1966. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .C66 1963 (Library has volumes 1, 2, and 4 only)]
Congar was a member of the Preparatory Commission, and a peritus (official theological advisor) at the Council. The first two volumes have been translated into English: Report from Rome (St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .C6613 1963).

L'Enjeu du Concile.

L'Enjeu du Concile.

By René Laurentin. Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1962-1966. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .L36 1962]
Laurentin was a peritus at the Council.

Il Concilio Vaticano II: Cronache del Concilio Vaticano II.

Il Concilio Vaticano II: Cronache del Concilio Vaticano II.

Edited by Giovanni Caprile. Rome: Edizioni La Civilta Cattolica, 1966. 5 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .C628 1966]
Based on reports originally written for the Italian Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica.

Tagebuch des Konzils.

Tagebuch des Konzils.

By Luitpold A. Dorn. Nürnberg: Johann Michael Sailer, 1964-1966. 3 volumes.
[Second session: St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .S4 1964]
[Third session: St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .D66 1965]
[Fourth session: St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .D66 1966]

Vatican Diary: A Protestant Observes . . . Vatican Council II.

Vatican Diary: A Protestant Observes . . . Vatican Council II.

By Douglas Horton. Philadelphia: United Church Press, 1964-1966. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .H6 1964]
Horton was a leading minister of the [American] United Church of Christ and one of the official Protestant observers at the Council.

Mit evangelischen Augen

Mit evangelischen Augen: Beobachtungen eines Lutheraners auf dem Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzil

By Max Lackmann. Graz, Austria: Styria, 1963-1966. 5 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 1962 .L25]
Lackmann was a Lutheran minister from Germany who acted as a news reporter at the Council.

Commentaries
Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II.

Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II.

Edited by Herbert Vorgrimler. New York: Herder and Herder, 1967. 5 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .Z913 (3rd Floor circulating copy also)]
Originally written in German, this work was compiled immediately after the Council. To this day it continues to be the standard commentary on each of the Council documents. There are contributions by some of the most important theologians of the time, including Yves Congar, Bernhard Hring, Josef Jungmann, Karl Rahner, and Josef Ratzinger.

Vatican II: Assessment and Perspectives

Vatican II: Assessment and Perspectives, Twenty-Five Years After (1962-1987).

Edited by René Latourelle. New York: Paulist, 1988. 3 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .V32213 1988]
A more recent collection of essays which analyzes how the Council's teachings have been enacted.

Other Works
Acta et documenta Concilio Oecumenico Vaticano II apparando.

Acta et documenta Concilio Oecumenico Vaticano II apparando.

Vatican City: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1960-present. 26 volumes.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .A2 1960]
The records of the commissions which prepared draft documents for the Council. Includes the full-text of submissions from bishops around the world.

History of Vatican II.

History of Vatican II.

Edited by Giuseppe Alberigo. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1995-2004. 5 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .H55 1995]
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 830 1962 .H55 1995 (volumes 1-4 only)]
The definitive history of the Council. Particularly useful for explanations of the organizational structure.

Finding Journal Articles
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

[Available online (1981 - present) for UofT use]
[Print version (1930 - 1980): St Michael's Reference Area - AI 3 .C3]
Over 200,000 bibliographic citations to Catholic books, book reviews, and journal articles from more than 160 Catholic magazines. Since the online index only begins in 1981, it is essential to use the print version to find earlier materials.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials.

[Available online (1949 - present) for UofT use]
Over one million bibliographic citations to journal articles, essays in books, and book reviews in the field of religion.

Bibliographies

It's not hard to find some books about Vatican II, but it can be difficult to do a comprehensive search. If you are looking in the University of Toronto Libraries catalog for books about a particular document, click on "Advanced Search" and then on "Browse Search". Then do a "Subject" search for "Vatican Council 2". You will get an alphabetical list of subject headings. The sixteen documents of Vatican II are listed under their official titles (e.g. Constitutio dogmatica de Ecclesia), not under their common Latin titles (e.g. Lumen gentium).


Vatican II: A Bibliography.

Vatican II: A Bibliography.

Edited by Charles Dollen. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1969.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .D64 1969]
A listing of books and journal articles published during and immediately after the Council. No annotations.

Laval théologique et philosophique.

Laval théologique et philosophique.

"Recherches et publications récentes autour de Vatican II." Edited by Gilles Routhier.
v. 53 (1997) : 435-454;
v. 55 (1999) : 115-149;
v. 56 (2000) : 543-583;
v. 58 (2002) : 177-203;
v. 59 (2003) : 583-606;
v. 60 (2004) : 561-577;
v. 61 (2005) : 613-653;
v. 64 (2008) : 783-824.
[St Michael's 3rd Floor - BX 802 .L3]
Every few years since 1997 this journal has published a review article listing major recent publications about the Council with extensive annotations. Some articles also include a very brief list of dissertations and important journal articles.

Inventaire des Archives conciliaires du Fonds Paul-Emile Léger.

Inventaire des Archives conciliaires du Fonds Paul-Emile Léger.

Edited by Pierre Lafontaine. Outremont, QC: Editions des Partenaires, 1995.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area - BX 830 1962 .L33 1995]
Cardinal Léger was archbishop of Montral during the Council, and was also a member of the Central Commission for the Council. This work is an inventory of the publications he collected which are now available in the library of the Grand Sminaire de Montral. The work is particularly useful for determining the textual history of each of the sixteen documents promulgated by the Council.

There are a number of other similar archival collections of the papers of bishops or periti who attended the Council. Some of these have published inventories:


Concile Vatican II et église contemporaine: Archives de Louvain-la-Neuve.

Concile Vatican II et église contemporaine: Archives de Louvain-la-Neuve.

Louvain-la Neuve: Publications de la Faculté de théologie, 1989-1993. 4 volumes.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor - CD 1689 .L69 C64 1989]

Documents pour une histoire du Concile Vatican II.

Documents pour une histoire du Concile Vatican II: Inventaire du Fonds Pierre Veuillot

Edited by Jean Robin. Paris: Institut catholique de Paris, 1998.
[UTL at Downsview (request online) - BX 830 1962 .V48 1998]

Documents pour une histoire du Concile Vatican II.

Documents pour une histoire du Concile Vatican II: Inventaire du Fonds Achille Linart

Edited by Roger Desreumaux. Paris: Institut catholique de Paris, 1998.
[UTL at Downsview (request online) - BX 830 1962 .L48 1998]