The volume celebrates and studies the legacy of the Second Vatican Council by offering the contributions of twelve internationaloutstanding scholars. The first part studies the contributions of four Jesuit theologians at Vatican II: Card.
Augustin Bea, in the biblical fieldand ecumenical dialogue (by Jared Wicks SJ); Henri de Lubac, in framing the relationship between the world and theChurch (by Susan Wood); Otto Semmelroth, in ecclesiology (by Dennis Doyle); and John Courtney Murray, on religiousfreedom (by David Hollenbach, SJ). Part two reflects on the Council's key themes by focusing on continuity and change, and in particular: a theological appraisalof Vatican II (by Christoph Theobald, SJ); the relationship between theologians and Bishops at Vatican II (by JohnO'Malley, SJ); a hermeneutical approach of the Council (by Peter Huenermann); and the issue of contraception at theCouncil (by Leslie Woodcock Tentler). Part three examines the Council's engagements with the social and the public by studying: (by Richard R.
Gaillardetz);liturgical reform and the public role of the Catholic Church (by John F.
Baldovin, SJ); the changes in moral theology andpublic Catholicism since Vatican II (by Lisa Sowle Cahill); the new Catholic communities promoting grassroots democracy(by Bradford E.