There are many online resources and websites where one can learn about Vatican II. We recommend in particular the following:
- Conciliaria - sponsored by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops with archival content from America and Commonweal magazines, the Council Daybook. Many documents are translated into English for the first time.
- Vatican II: 50 years ago today - Catholic News Service is posting entries from the Council Daybook just as they were reported on the corresponding day fifty years ago.
- Vatican II: Voice of the Church - contains many firsthand records from the Council, relying especially on the experiences of Cardinal König of Vienna and the English Benedictine Christopher Butler.
Articles and Papers
- A 2012 issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Educations was dedicated to “The Living Spirit of Vatican II”. Its twenty plus articles can be accessed here.
- The editors of America magazine reflect on Vatican II as a council of reform in a February 2012 article entitled Aggiornamento 2012.
- Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He has written a book entitled “What Happened at Vatican II,”. He also gave a lecture with this same title. On the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Council, Fr. O'Malley wrote an op-ed in the New York Times.
The Archdiocese Milwaukee is hosting a variety of events throughout the Year of Faith. Many of these events are focused on the commemoration of Vatican II. Visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Year of Faith website.