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De Lubac's final notes on the Second Vatican Council

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 18, 2015

I have just posted the final installment of my highlights from Henri de Lubac's notes on the Second Vatican Council. De Lubac’s notes reveal something of the theological differences, objectives, conflicts, maneuvering and humor involved in the conciliar effort to chart a course of Catholic renewal in the twentieth century and beyond.

You can jump to the entire set of highlights here: Henri de Lubac's fascinating notes on Vatican II

Or you can jump to just the new section here: De Lubac’ Closing Chapter

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Jeff Mirus - Aug. 20, 2015 6:44 PM ET USA

    mario.f.leblank5598: Thanks, Mario. I had wondered if another volume would be forthcoming, and should have realized there would have to be a volume 2, since I was highlighting "volume 1". But I forgot about that consideration when I read the closing note that de Lubac was exempt from attending the second session because of illness. When Ignatius brings out volume 2, I may well return to this task.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Aug. 20, 2015 1:24 PM ET USA

    Thanks a lot Dr. Jeff for presenting these excerpts. However, your title is a minomer, as there is another whole volume of de Lubac's notes, covering the remainder of the Council. It appears that this is not yet available to English-speaking readers. However, your initial posting in May prompted me to read the complete original work in French. The comment de Lubac makes in December 1965 about the possible misinterpretation of the Council by his Jesuit brothers is especially prophetic.