To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II

By George Weigel
Product Code: 9780465094318

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A renowned Catholic intellectual discusses why the Second Vatican Council's teachings are essential to the Church's and the world's destiny.

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was the most significant Catholic event in the previous 500 years. Nonetheless, sixty years after its introduction on October 11, 1962, its meaning remains hotly debated and its promise unrealized.

In To Sanctify the World, George Weigel analyses the importance of Vatican II and investigates the teaching's continued relevance in a world seeking a deeper sense of freedom than personal willfulness. The documents of the Council are also an important resource for the Catholic Church as it pursues its original, Christ-centered evangelical mission.

To Sanctify the World, written with clarity and wit, recovers the actual meaning of Vatican II as the blueprint for a Catholicism capable of proposing a way toward genuine human dignity and social solidarity.

Format: Hardcover. 368 pages.


“Historians tell us that the genuine interpretation of an Ecumenical Council’s teaching usually at least takes sixty years to settle. That means we are now at the point of serenely and sanely understanding the authentic magisterium of Vatican Council II. And count on Weigel to provide an attractive and compelling synthesis of it.”―Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“This is a must-read book for anyone interested in understanding the event of Vatican II. Rich in historical and theological context, it offers a clear and readable argument for understanding Vatican II as in continuity with the whole Catholic tradition and as a call to re-center the Church and its mission on the person of Jesus Christ. I can think of no more important message for this historical moment.”―Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

“Anyone interested in a bold, yet authentic interpretation of Vatican II should read this book, in which George Weigel persuasively demonstrates that the Council—the Holy Spirit’s greatest gift to Catholicism in the twentieth century—was not so much about reinventing and ‘modernizing’ the Church as Christifying and converting the world.”―Robert Barron, bishop of Winona-Rochester and founder, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

“Weigel is perfectly suited to the task of re-presenting the history and theology of Vatican II to naysayers on both ends of the spectrum. And he does just that in this accessible, thorough, and honest account of the Council… George Weigel has done the Church a great service in defending the Council, taking its problems seriously, and explaining the way forward.”―Washington Free Beacon

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