My Journal of the Council

My Journal of the Council

Mary John Ronayne
Mary Cecily Boulding
English Translation Editor Denis Minns
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: ATF (Australia) Ltd.
Pages: 1046
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt163t8bk
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    My Journal of the Council
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    My Journal of the Council offers a riveting first-hand assessment of the dynamics, disputes, and decisions of the Council. At the same time, this volume provides a rare glimpse into the personal and spiritual cost of Congar’s love of truth and his commitment to hand on the Church’s authentic Tradition as a living heritage of faith." Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP Professor of Theology University of Notre Dame “Fr. Yves Congar was the most important and influential theologian at the Second Vatican Council. The journal that he wrote on the spot nearly every day provides entry not only to his ideas and feelings but to the dynamics at work as the Council accomplished a work of renewal and reform for which he had himself worked and suffered for decades before. This is indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand the texts, and the drama, of Vatican II." Joseph A. Komonchak Professor Emeritus, Historical and Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America Editor of the English version of The History of Vatican II, Giuseppe Alberigo (ed.) “Yves Congar’s diaries give us an intimate insight into the most important event in the life of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century. Having been marginalized and silenced because of his theological views, Congar was summoned to Rome to be a crucial actor in the Council. He records his views of the participants with wonderful frankness and gives us access to the dramatic negotiations and maneuvers that took place behind the scenes. It is impossible to put it down. It unveils the genesis of the Council documents that changed the Church.

    eISBN: 978-1-921817-45-8
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. None)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. i-ii)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. iii-iv)
    DOMINIQUE CONGAR

    The appearance ofMy Journal of the Councilcompletes the publication of the three main journals written by Yves Congar, who died on 22 June 1995 in the Invalides in Paris.

    May I be allowed to append this somewhat intimate foreword, which would probably not have been disapproved of by this Dominican, who was so attached to his family and to the Ardennes where he was born.

    The first journal washis Journal de la guerre 1914–1918(Cerf, 1997), the second, hisJournal d’un théologien,1946–1956 (Cerf, 2000). Here, now, is the third,Mon Journal du Concile.

    First...

  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. v-xxxvi)
    ÉRIC MAHIEU

    Yves Congar¹ was born in 1904 in Sedan where he spent his youth, marked by the First World War.² In 1921 he entered the university seminary ‘Des Carmes’ at the Institut Catholique in Paris. After studying philosophy for three years, and a year’s military service, he opted for life as a Dominican, and entered the novitiate of the Province of France in 1925. Having been given the religious name of Marie-Joseph, he then did his theological studies from 1926 to 1931 at the House of Studies of Le Saulchoir which was at that time situated in Kain-la-Tombe in Belgium, due...

  5. CONGAR AT THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
    (pp. xxxvii-xlvi)
    MARY CECILY BOULDING

    The French Dominican priest, Yves Congar, accompanied his bishop to the Second Vatican Council in the capacity of expert theological adviser. From the time of its first announcement until a year after its conclusion he kept a journal, in a tone of such uninhibited and brutal frankness that its publication was embargoed until the year 2000.

    It is a remarkable historical record, documenting in a wealth of detail the ‘human’ aspect of the Council: the personalities with all their foibles, faults and failings: ‘Cardinal Jaeger . . . He is a much weakened man. He is not there; he falls...

  6. CONGAR’S ECCLESIASTICAL SUBTEXT: INTRANSIGENT CONSERVATISM
    (pp. xlvii-lvi)
    PAUL PHILIBERT

    For most Catholics the events of the Second Vatican Council are a thing of the past. The liturgy they have known for their lifetime, a product of the Council and its reforms, is the only one they can remember. Using the vernacular for common prayer, as they have done all their lives, makes perfect sense; why would anyone want to use a language people don’t understand? The active participation of lay ministers in the pastoral life of the parish and in the administration of the diocese is so widespread that it seems completely normal. Yet all of these elements, and...

  7. EDITORIAL NOTE
    (pp. lvii-lviii)
    ÉRIC MAHIEU
  8. PUBLISHERS’ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    (pp. lix-lx)
    Hilary Regan
  9. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. lxi-lxii)
  10. My Journal of the Council
    (pp. 1-894)

    This journal cannot begin here and now at the end of July 1960, which is when I learned of my appointment as Consultor to the Theological Commission.² It must begin further back. I shall undoubtedly have subsequent impressions to record here later on. But I do not begin today from scratch, with atabula rasa. The decision to hold a Council was announced a year and a half ago, and I have clearly had time to develop a certain number of ideas. It is worthwhile putting them on paper before, perhaps, they are contradicted and replaced by others. Moreover, I...

  11. POINTS OF REFERENCE
    (pp. 895-918)
  12. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES RECAPITULATING CONGAR’S PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE VARIOUS CONCILIAR SCHEMAS
    (pp. 919-928)
  13. LATIN TITLES USED BY CONGAR FOR THE PREPARATORY SCHEMAS AND SOME OF THEIR CHAPTERS
    (pp. 929-932)
  14. LATIN TITLES USED BY CONGAR FOR THE CONCILIAR SCHEMAS AND CERTAIN OF THEIR CHAPTERS AND PARAGRAPHS
    (pp. 933-938)
  15. NAMES COMMONLY USED FOR COMMISSION IN THE JOURNAL
    (pp. 939-940)
  16. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 941-946)
  17. PRINCIPAL WORKS BY CONGAR MENTIONED IN THE JOURNAL
    (pp. 947-948)
  18. PLAN OF ROME
    (pp. 949-952)
  19. INDEX OF COUNCIL FATHERS
    (pp. 953-964)
  20. INDEX OF OTHER NAMES
    (pp. 965-980)