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Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council

Coordinator: Mathijs Lamberigts

Secretary: Dries Bosschaert

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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.


Faculty Project on Vatican II

Today, in the light of the commemorations of the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II (2012-2015), the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies 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.

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  • On December 1, 2015 the Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council will organise together with the Research Group Anthropos a symposium titled: Quid est autem homo? Christian Anthropology as Gaudium et Spes' Answer to Humanity and the World. More information can be found here.


Some Recent Publications

  • DECLERCK, L., Inventaire des archives personnelles du Cardinal J. Willebrands, Secrétaire (1960-1969) et Président (1969-1989) du Secrétariat pour l'unité des chrétiens, Archevêque d'Utrecht (1975-1983) (Instrumenta Theologica, 35), Leuven, Maurits Sabbebibliotheek, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen - Peeters, 2013.
  • LAMBERIGTS, M. - KENIS, L. (ed.), Vaticanum II: geschiedenis of inspiratie? Theologische opstellen over het tweede Vaticaans concilie, Antwerpen, Halewijn, 2013.
  • SCHELKENS, K. (ed.), Herinnering en belofte: 50 jaar Vaticanum II, Leuven - Den Haag, Acco, 2013.
  • ROY, P., Bibliographie du concile Vatican II (Atti e Documenti, 34), Città del Vaticano, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2012.
  • SCHELKENS, K. & Skira, J.Z. (ed.), The Second Vatican Council Diaries of Met. Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. (1960-1965) (Eastern Christian Studies, 15), Leuven, Peeters, 2012.

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