Congar was, of course, one of the most active and influential theologians at the Second Vatican Council. Knowing that he was playing a role in an historic event, Congar began keeping careful notes from the very beginning of his involvement and continued until the Council’s close. But these notes are far from a simple catalog of people and dates – they offer fascinating insights into the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Council and are full of very personal, even emotional, observations. (See the review that appeared recently at National Review Online here.)
Because of the very personal nature of this journal, Congar insisted it be embargoed from any publication until the year 2000. It appeared in French in 2002, but only now is it available in English.
Joseph Komanchak calls this work “indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand the texts, and the drama, of Vatican II” and Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, has noted that “this volume provides a rare glimpse into the personal and spiritual cost of Congar’s love of truth and his commitment to hand on the Church’s authentic Tradition as a living heritage of faith.”
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