On the Commonweal blog dotCommonweal, council historian Fr. Joseph Komonchak offers some links to files detailing events leading up to the Council, including the chapter on preparations from Volume I of his History of Vatican II. See the post.
In Verbo Veritatis: Fr. Komonchak’s blog today offers a treasure-trove of insights in documents outlining differing ideas for how the Council should proceed, expressed by voices ranging from the Holy Office to Yves Congar. Five great documents from the Preparatory Period and an unpublished article by Fr. Komonchak about that time. See also his fascinating account of the suggestions of the U.S. bishops for what should be covered at the Council.
Today Pope John XXIII formally convoked the Second Vatican Council, which will begin this year in Rome. In the formal document below, entitled Humanae salutis, John recounts the first announcement of his intention to convoke a Council in January 1959 and the positive approach he takes toward the Council. Continue reading