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Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council



On february 20, 1970, the Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council (CSVII) was founded by two Leuven theology professors, Maurits Sabbe (1924-2004) and Jan Grootaers. Its aim was and continues to be to collect 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, so as to help prepare the future of the Roman Catholic Church. In the areas where the reception of Vatican II's heritage remains 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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Some Recent Publications
  • 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