Many observers greeted the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as the
most important religious event in the twentieth century. Its
implementation and impact are still being felt in the Catholic
Church, the wider Christian world, and beyond. One sea change that
Vatican II brought concerned Roman Catholic attitudes towards
Judaism, Islam, and other religions. Gerald O'Collins breaks fresh
ground by examining in detail five documents from the Council which
embodied a new mind set about other religious faiths and mandated
changes that quickly led to international and national dialogues
between the Catholic Church and the followers of non-Christian
religions. The book also includes chapters on the insights that
prepared the way for the re-thinking expressed by Vatican II, and
on the follow-up to the Council's teaching found in the work of
Pope John Paul II and Jacques Dupuis. O'Collins ably illustrates
how the Council made a startling advance in official Catholic
teaching about followers of other living faiths. Carefully
researched, the book is written in the clear, accessible style that
readers of previous works by O'Collins will recognize.
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