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The Spirit of Vatican II: Western European Progressive Catholicism in the Long Sixties

Gerd-Rainer Horn


This book is a transnational survey of the radical dynamic unleashed by the innovations emerging from Vatican II. It highlights the intellectual and activist contribution by Catholic thinkers, priests, and laypersons in shaping the turbulent decade of the ‘sixties’ in Western Europe. The book focuses on five crucial contributions by Catholic activists and communities to the burgeoning atmosphere of those turbulent years: (a) the theological innovations of Vatican II, which made such an unprecedented engagement of Catholics possible in the first place, but also post-conciliar theological develo ... More

Keywords: Vatican II, social movements, sixties, base communities, student activism, working-class radicalism, Left Catholicism, radical priests

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593255
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerd-Rainer Horn, author
Professor of Twentieth Century History, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Sciences Po