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Decrees and Declarations: Vatican II in Plain English: 003 Paperback – May 1997

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One thing became clear during the Second Vatican Council: laypeople, together with the clergy, bear co-responsibility for the work of the Church, its renewal, and its future. Read the first page
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Lost in translation 4 Jan. 2012
By Ohio Mom - Published on
Format: Paperback
After comparing Chapter One of Lumen Gentium, Flannery version and online with The Huebsch "in plain English," I saw no reason to finish this book. Although the Flannery and editions require you to stop, process and reflect after each section to more fully grasp the meaning of the document, the effort is worth the time. Huebch takes liberty with the meaning of the documents, adds in his own commentary and often strips the documents not only of their meaning, but also of the richness and beauty. Chapter 1, paragraph 2, Huebsch translates the fall of Adam and reference to original sin as we "stumbled along the way." C1, P4 he misses the mark, adds a lot NOT said and translates "He (the Holy Spirit) guides the church in all truth" to "Spirit unifies us in love." He omits language referring to hierarchical and charismatic gifts into his own ideas. C1, P5 Huebsch completely lost the beauty and essence of this awesome passage into something totally unrecognisable to the original documents. C1, P7 He takes "plain English" to it's maximum definition, and the language leans on negative, almost vulgar in comparison to the original, calling the Body of Christ "messy." C1, P8 was enough for me to call it quits. There is no mention of any type of "swimming" outside Huebsch's version and he totally deleted all scriptural references including the "mystery of the Incarnate Word." Papal authority was severely under emphasised from "...all ages the pillar and mainstay of the church" to Huebsch's "...whose jobs were to help maintain this delicate truth." The call of Christians to unity with the Catholic church is watered down to a more ecumenical call to "Christian unity" although the more accurate statement reads "impelling towards catholic unity." I'm sure that Huebsch made great effort in creating his "plain English" books, but if you really want to understand the Truth in Vatican II (not just the "spirit" of it), skip this book for the Flannery edition or read it online for free at Vatican Council II, Vol. 2: More Post-Conciliar Documents
Great Reference Tool 26 Jun. 2012
By Lia OHara - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's a great reference tool for those who want a quick glance-over of the Vatican II documents. It nicely captured the essence of each documents. Warning, it's written in paraphrase, a compact style of VC II documents - so that it's more accessible for those who do not have the luxury of time for thorough study. If you don't want to miss a thing, read the original documents - available in the Vatican website.
Great for the Year of Faith 3 Dec. 2012
By Ray S. - Published on
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This is one of a three volume set. It is exactly as advertised, the Council in plain English. Good reference for making presentations.
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