Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council
Coordinator: Mathijs Lamberigts
Secretary: Karim Schelkens
More information about the centre
On February 20, 1970, the Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council (CSVII) was founded by two Leuven theology professors, Prof. Dr. Maurits Sabbe (1924-2004) and Prof. Dr. Jan Grootaers. Its aim was and continues to be the collection of source material documenting the history of Vatican II and to advance and support research regarding the council.
Today, in the light of the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II (2012-2015), the Faculty of Theology and Religious Study as a whole seeks to prioritize its focus on the Second Vatican Council in its research, teaching, and service to the church. We will not only advance the historical and theological investigations into the origins and impact of the council documents, but also intend to study past events and texts in order to shape their present-day reception, as part of the effort to best prepare the Roman Catholic Church for the future and its challenges. In the areas where the reception of Vatican II's heritage has yet to be accomplished, and where the debate is ongoing, the Faculty commits itself to this debate, relying on its historical, systematical-, and practical-theological expertise.
- On August 21-22, 2012 the CSVII will be co-hosting the bi-annual Didachè Study Days. This year, the colloquium will focus on the theme 'Are the Windows Still Open. Vatican II 50 Years After'. A full programme and registration info can be found online.
- K. Schelkens & J.Z. Skira (ed.), The Second Vatican Council Diaries of Met. Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. (1960-1965) (Eastern Christian Studies, 15), Leuven, Peeters, 2012.
- G. Routhier, P. Roy, K. Schelkens (ed.), La théologie catholique entre intransigeance et renouveau. La réception des mouvements préconciliaires à Vatican II(Bibliothèque de la Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, 95), Brepols, Turnhout, 2011.
- L. Declerck (ed.), Les agendas conciliaires de Mgr. J. Willebrands, secrétaire du secrétariat pour l'Unité des chrétiens. Préface par Th. Stransky (Instrumenta Theologica, 31), Leuven, Peeters, 2009. ISBN 978-90-429-2217-14.