Don’t miss Peter Steinfels’ appreciation of John O’Malley SJ’s marvelous new book What Happened at Vatican II, in the Times today. Steinfels summarizes O’Malley’s history of the Council as well as his approach to the widespread "continuity vs. discontinuity" debate. In short, says Steinfels, "Father O’Malley’s superb history demonstrates why any effort to shuffle the cards of continuity and discontinuity so as to minimize the profound reorientation wrought by the council borders on the ludicrous."
America’s review of the book, written by Thomas J. Shelley, is here. Father O’Malley is Distinguished Professor of Church History at Georgetown, author of the indispensable book, The First Jesuits, and a frequent contributor to America.
James Martin, SJ