by Rev. Brian Mullady, O.P.
What is the proper understanding of Vatican II concerning the Church? There have been many books written on the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and on the subject of the Church as treated by the dogmatic constitution, De Ecclesia, also known as Lumen Gentium (the Light of the Nations).
In the words of Scott Hahn, “Fr. Mullady offers a readable and rock-solidly reliable treatment of what is surely the most important — and debated — subject in contemporary Catholic theology. His approach to the doctrine of the Church (ecclesiology) demonstrates the profound consistency and coherence of the Magisterium’s teaching, as it draws from biblical and patristic sources and develops from the medieval to the modern period, culminating in Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium).”
At 157 pages, this book clears up a lot of misconceptions that have sprung up since Vatican II but is not too difficult for the average Catholic mind to understand.