New York: Harper & Row, 1980. First edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth, original dust jacket. Minor foxing to top edge, minimal edge-wear, vertical slice to center of front panel, crease to front flap of price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #563
"THE PRESENT STUDY WAS UNDERTAKEN TO REPAY A DEBT TO THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL" First American edition of the English translation of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla's writings on the Second Vatican Council. In 1962, after some delicate diplomatic negotiations by Pope John XXIII and the Holy See, "the Polish government, reluctantly but without too much red-tape, allowed the whole Polish hierarchy to travel to Rome for the Second Vatican Council." (John O'Malley, A History of the Popes). The delegation included the young bishop of Cracow, Karol Wojtyla. "As a young bishop, John Paul II had been an enthusiastic participant in the Council, especially in its openings to religious liberty, engagement with the modern world, and a more evangelical than regulatory Church. Indeed, he kept his priests and laypeople in Krakow informed about events in Rome during the sessions and, after the Council ended, made sure they understood the documents by establishing the Synod of Krakow" (Robert Royal, A Deeper Vision). The "hermeneutics"—the interpretation and implementation—of the Second Vatican Council would become one of the primary themes of John Paul's long papacy. The book consists of Wojtyla's brief Introduction and three sections: Part I. The Basic Significance of Conciliar Initiation, Part II. The Formation of Consciousness, Part III. The Formation of Attitudes. A brief Conclusion is followed by an Annex: List of Council Documents, and a General Index. First published in Poland in 1972 (and with a short Preface by Rev. Adam Kubis, the editor of the Polish edition), this first English translation was based on a revised Italian edition published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana in 1979. Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century.