Reclaiming Vatican II

What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church
Foreword by: John C. Cavadini

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Publication date: October 8, 2021

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Winner of a first-place award for a first time author and second-place in popular presentation of the faith from the Catholic Media Association.

During the past five decades, the Second Vatican Council has been alternately celebrated or maligned for its supposed break with tradition and embrace of the modern world. But what if we’ve gotten it all wrong? Have Catholics—both those who embrace the spirit of Vatican II and those who regard it with suspicion—misunderstood what the council was really about?

Fr. Blake Britton discovered the truth and beauty of the council while he was in seminary and he has witnessed firsthand the power of its teachings in the life of his own parish. In Reclaiming Vatican II—a partnership between Ave Maria Press and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries—Britton presses beyond the political narrative foisted upon the post-conciliar Church and contends that Vatican II was neither conservative nor liberal, but something much more beautiful and challenging.

Britton clears up misconceptions about the council and reveals how—when properly understood and applied—it fosters a richer experience of being in the Church. Britton says Vatican II

  • promotes a radical return to the Church Fathers and the Scriptures, holding both a commitment to tradition and the need for constant renewal in life-giving balance,
  • recenters the Church on sacred liturgy and encourages both active participation and genuine encounter with transcendence, and
  • charts a clear path for the Church’s renewal and empowers it for evangelism and transformative engagement with the world.

Britton invites all Catholics to step beyond the polarization and embrace Vatican II as one of our greatest resources for being in the Church in a way that is faithful, engaged, and effective if we answer its radical call to worship and renewal.

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Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781646800292

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “I warmly commend this book.”

    “I warmly commend this book to anyone wanting to understand Vatican II, but especially to young Catholics confused about the Council and those skeptical about its relevance today.”

    Bishop Robert Barron
    Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

  • “Clear, charitable, inspiring, faithful.”

    “We’ve desperately needed a book like this. It's timely, clear, charitable, inspiring, faithful to the Church, and strikes all the right notes. If every Catholic read this book and followed its path, liturgies would become more reverent, biblical studies would be renewed, the Church would be more confident about her identity, and evangelization would flourish—exactly what Vatican II had in mind!”

    Brandon Vogt
    Senior content director at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

  • “Balanced, grounded.”

    “The ongoing debate within the Church about the Second Vatican Council serves as a microcosm of our age: well-meaning, passionate people have divided themselves into camps, so sure of their own positions that they are unable to hear the truth spoken by the other. Fr. Blake Britton offers a balanced, grounded response that our Church desperately needs.”

    Fr. Casey Cole, O.F.M.
    Creator of Breaking in the Habit Media

  • “Timely.”

    “This timely little book could not come at a more opportune moment.”

    From the foreword by John C. Cavadini
    McGrath-Cavadini director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
    University of Notre

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