Church Documents on Vatican II
"The old story of the Samaritan has been the model of the spirituality of the council."
- Pope Paul VI, Closing Address
Collected here are several documents on Vatican II. These include the Final Report of the 1985 Extraordinary Synod, and speeches and statements by Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. This page will be periodically updated.
The Ecclesiology of the Constitution on the Church, Vatican II, 'Lumen Gentium' by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
'Lumen Gentium' is Key to Council, by St. Pope John Paul II
Collected here is most of the Acta Synodalia, which contains all of the documentation during the Council. This page also has the complete documents from the Preparatory and Antepreparatory periods prior to the Council.
1985 Extraordinary Synod Final Report
The 1985 Extraordinary Synod was convoke to celebrate the Second Vatican Council 20 years after it ended. The Final Report assesses the Council and gives guidelines on understanding it.
Addresses of Pope John XXIII Vatican II
Collected here are addresses by Pope John XXIII on Vatican II. These include Humanae Salutis, his convocation of the Council, and his opening speech to the Council.
Addresses of Pope Benedict XVI Vatican II
Collected here are addresses of Pope Benedict XVI on the topic of Vatican II. These speeches present several hermeneutics for interpreting the Council. One of the most important hermeneutics is the contrast between a hermeneutics of continuity and of reform.
Letter on Some Aspects of the Church Understood as Communion
This Letter issued by the CDF to the bishops clarifies several themes of post-Vatican II ecclesiology such as the meaning of communion, the relationship between the universal and particular Churchs, and ecumenism.
Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church
This document was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and clarifies some questions concerning postconciliar ecclesiology.
Mysterium Ecclesiae: Declaration in Defense of the Catholic Doctrine on the Church Against Certain Errors of the Present Day
This document by the CDF outlines several common errors of theologians today.
The Good Samaritan by Pieter Lastman