Reclaiming Vatican II

What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church

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Pub Date 1 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2021

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During the past five decades, the Second Vatican Council has been alternately celebrated or maligned for its supposed break with tradition and embrace of the modern world. But what if we’ve gotten it all wrong? Have Catholics—both those who embrace the spirit of Vatican II and those who regard it with suspicion—misunderstood what the council was really about?

Fr. Blake Britton discovered the truth and beauty of the council while he was in seminary and he has witnessed firsthand the power of its teachings in the life of his own parish. In Reclaiming Vatican II, Britton presses beyond the political narrative foisted upon the post-conciliar Church and contends that Vatican II was neither conservative nor liberal, but something much more beautiful and challenging.

Britton clears up misconceptions about the council and reveals how—when properly understood and applied—it fosters a richer experience of being in the Church. Britton says Vatican II

· promotes a radical return to the Church Fathers and the Scriptures, holding both a commitment to tradition and the need for constant renewal in life-giving balance,

· recenters the Church on sacred liturgy and encourages both active participation and genuine encounter with transcendence, and

· charts a clear path for the Church’s renewal and empowers it for evangelism and transformative engagement with the world.

Britton invites all Catholics to step beyond the polarization and embrace Vatican II as one of our greatest resources for being in the Church in a way that is faithful, engaged, and effective if we answer its radical call to worship and renewal.

During the past five decades, the Second Vatican Council has been alternately celebrated or maligned for its supposed break with tradition and embrace of the modern world. But what if we’ve gotten it...


A Note From the Publisher

Fr. Blake Britton serves as a parish priest and assistant vocations director in the Diocese of Orlando. He is a regular contributor to the Word on Fire Institute’s blog and its Evangelization and Culture Journal. He also cohosts The Burrowshire Podcast with Brandon Vogt. Britton earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. John Vianney College-Seminary and his master’s degree in divinity from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. He has contributed to two anthologies. He has appeared on EWTN, The Catholic Channel, and a number of radio programs and podcasts. He is a classically trained opera singer, pianist, and organist and is trained in classical Latin and biblical Greek.

Fr. Blake Britton serves as a parish priest and assistant vocations director in the Diocese of Orlando. He is a regular contributor to the Word on Fire Institute’s blog and its Evangelization and...


Advance Praise

“I warmly commend this book to anyone wanting to understand Vatican II but especially to young Catholics confused about the Council and those skeptical about its relevance today.”
Most Rev. Robert Barron
Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

“We’ve desperately needed a book like this. It’s timely, clear, charitable, inspiring, faithful to the Church, and strikes all the right notes. If every Catholic read this book and followed its path, liturgies would become more reverent, biblical studies would be renewed, the Church would be more confident about her identity, and evangelization would flourish—exactly what Vatican II had in mind!”
Brandon Vogt
Senior content director at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and author of Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

“The ongoing debate within the Church about the Second Vatican Council serves as a microcosm of our age: Well-meaning, passionate people have divided themselves into camps, so sure of their own positions that they are unable to hear the truth spoken by the other. Fr. Blake Britton offers a balanced, grounded response that our Church desperately needs.”
Fr. Casey Cole, O.F.M.
Creator of Breaking in the Habit Media


“I warmly commend this book to anyone wanting to understand Vatican II but especially to young Catholics confused about the Council and those skeptical about its relevance today.”
Most Rev. Robert...


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I received an advance copy of, Reclaiming Vatican II, by Fr. Blake Britton. This is a great book on understanding Vatican II. I really learned a lot from this book.

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I grew up in the years after Vatican II and remember how people were full of hope and excited for what it meant. I read the documents and saw how a lot was forgotten during the year and how conservatives silenced a lot of voices. This is a well written and thought provoking book that could help a lot of people to discover what Vatican II means and its goals. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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