The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: A Counterpoint for the History of the Council Paperback – 23 Dec 2010
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About the Author
Agostino Marchetto is secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and Titular Archbishop of Astigi. Kenneth D. Whitehead is the author and translator of numerous works on the church.
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Dear Archbishop Marchetto,
With these lines I wish to be close to you and join myself to the act of presentation of the book “Primato pontificio ed episcopato. Dal primo millennio al Concilio ecumenico Vaticano II” [Pontifical primacy and epicopate: from the first millennium to the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council"]. I beg you to consider myself spiritually present in this Festschrift.
The topic of the book is an homage to the love that you have for the Church, a loyal and at the same time poetic love. Loyalty and poetry are not an object of trade: they cannot be bought or sold, they simply are virtues that are rooted in the heart of a son who feels the Church to be a Mother; or, in order to be more precise, and saying it with an Ignatian familiar "tone", as "the Holy Mother the hierarchical Church".
You have made this love manifest in many ways, including correcting a mistake or imprecision on my part - and for that I thank you from the heart -, but above all it is manifest in all your purity in the studies made on the Second Vatican Council. I once told you, dear Abp. Marchetto, and I wish to repeat it today, that I consider you to be the best interpreter of the Second Vatican Council.
I know that this is a gift from God, but I also know that you made it bear fruit. I am grateful to you for all the good that you do for us with your testimony of love for the Church, and I ask the Lord that you be abundantly blessed.
I beg you please not to forget to pray for me. May Jesus bless you, and may the Virgin protect you.
Vatican, October 7, 2013
Marchetto's work takes on particular significance because it represents a point of view that has the support of the Vatican. The limitation in his work is that what he has published are essentially collections of occasional pieces and reviews, which express an informed reaction, but are not works of scholarship referring to primary sources. They raise important questions, but lack weight compared to Alberigo's work.
And surely it was not merely a small faction who left Vatican II determined on a radical reform of the Church. In many countries the bishops as a whole returned home full of 'the spirit of Vatican II' and contributed to a climate where 'tradition' ceased to have weight. These bishops, who attended the council, were closer to Alberigo than to Marchetto in their understanding of its work.
Marchetto's detailed responses to such partisan scholarship, brought together here, enable us today to move forward and to begin to work towards a true and balanced appreciation of the history and of the import of Vatican II. Whilst the book lacks some necessary editorial finesse and it's a great pity that it's only in paperback, no student of the Council or of the reforms it inaugurated can afford to ignore the vast amount of material examined here.