I have often thought that we could use a new, better, edition in English of the Documents of Vatican II. We need a better translation with a good commentary, through a hermeneutic of continuity.
A reader sent this:
Proposed New and Revised Edition of the Documents of the Council
I have been searching for a News Report giving more details of something the Holy Father said, some time ago. However, no further news on the subject has been reported. I wonder if any of your readers could trace the reference? I am unable to give any positive details but it was clear from what Pope Benedict said at the time, that he was anxious to have the Vatican 11 Documents carefully looked at, with a view to having a new and revised edition of the Documents.
The Pope’s comments were made well before (maybe 12 months ago), the lifting of the Excommunications of the four SSPX Bishops so was not in any way related to this, although I am sure The SSPX, in particular Bishop Fellay would be delighted if a new and authentic translation became available.
Here in the UK, the only available edition is a two volume, paper-back, edited by Austin Flannery OP. produced in USA. This served a useful reference purpose at the time but is printed in 8/10pt font, on cheap newsprint paper and not very attractive and very small and bulky. No English Catholic or any other publisher in UK has attempted to produce the entire Documents in one volume in a more durable and attractive edition – perhaps with useful and accurate commentaries. Is it any wonder that there is so much ignorance, confusion, liturgical abuses and erroneous opinions yes, and fall-out from the Faith?