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My Journal of the Council

My Journal of the Council

Translated by Sr. Mary John Ronayne, OP, and Mary Cecily Boulding, OP

by Yves Congar, OP

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. It is impossible to put it down.

--Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Former Master of the Dominican Order

About My Journal of the Council

About My Journal of the Council

Acclaimed theologian Yves Congar's detailed descriptions of the people and issues behind the Second Vatican Council are finally available in English.

About the Author: Yves Congar, OP

About the Author: Yves Congar, OP

First banned by the Vatican, then appointed to the Second Vatican Council by the Pope, Yves Congar's controversial diary reveals the people and the secrets behind these influential proceedings.

Praise for My Journal of the Council

Praise for My Journal of the Council

Read what scholars and theologians are saying about the influence Yves Congar's diary will have on Catholic church history.

Excerpt 1: October 1962

Excerpt 1: October 1962

This excerpt offers an interesting window into the influential people and the important work that Yves Congar describes in his diary.

Excerpt 2: February 1965

Excerpt 2: February 1965

Read Yves Congar's insightful comments about Bishop Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) and the nature of their historic collaboration.

Audio Program

Audio Program

Listen to Vatican II scholars John O'Malley and Joseph Komonchak tell the inside story of the Council and Congar's diary on ABC RadioNational's The Spirit of Things.

Vatican II As Ecumenical Council: Yves Congar's Vision Realized

Vatican II As Ecumenical Council: Yves Congar's Vision Realized

Joseph A. Komonchak

After laboring for decades under Roman suspicion, Congar was to see much of his vision of the church vindicated by Vatican II.

Book Club Roundtable

The Struggles Inside Vatican II

The Struggles Inside Vatican II

Peter Nixon

Congar wanted a Church that would embrace the poverty and simplicity of its founder. Much of that work remains to be done. Indeed, it will never end.   

A Remarkable Inside History of Vatican II

A Remarkable Inside History of Vatican II

Sr. Judith Miryam Boneski, O.P.

No one can read this journal and not behold the Holy Spirit at work fifty years ago and now in the ongoing renewal of the Church.

Journeying with Yves Congar

Journeying with Yves Congar

Brandon Vogt

My Journal of the Council delivers a rare glimpse into the towering figures, frustrating disputes, historic pronouncements, and daily grind of the twentieth-century's most important religious event.

A Fascinating, Frustrating, Harrowing, Hilarious Read

A Fascinating, Frustrating, Harrowing, Hilarious Read

Joanne K. McPortland

Whatever you think of what came after Vatican II, My Journal is a couple of pounds of proof that we are better off now than we were 50 years ago. 

The Challenges and the Champions

The Challenges and the Champions

Elizabeth Scalia

Launched just days after the 50th Anniversary of the opening of VCII and at 1,100 pages, My Journal of the Council gives us a fascinating and all-but-comprehensive "insider's view" to the discussions and disagreements, the chafings, challenges and champions of that remarkable period. 

Deliciously Dishy Diaries of Yves

Deliciously Dishy Diaries of Yves

Adam DeVille

Buy it, read it, and be delighted for hours on end with this delicious vin extraordinaire.

Behind the Scenes at Vatican II

Behind the Scenes at Vatican II

Kathy Schiffer

More than a log of the official proceedings, Congar recounts conversations in hallways, on doorsteps, and in the back seats of cars.

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