Tuesday 11 November 2014
SO, do we
need yet another guide to the Second Vatican Council? Yes, according to this
book’s author, Rev Dr Anthony Gooley.
Gooley is a deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, and a husband
and father. He has qualifications in psychology,
education and theology, including a doctorate in theology, and has been involved in
religious and theological education in Catholic schools, adult faith formation
and universities for the past 25 years.
experience of adult education, Gooley discovered a general ignorance of Vatican
II. He also found a general lack of understanding of the actual teachings of
the council, both by so-called ‘conservatives’ and ‘progressives’ in the
In Bite Size Vatican II, Gooley seeks to make the teachings of the council better known,
providing an introductory guide, especially for teachers in Catholic schools
and adult faith education groups.
The book is subtitled ‘A Very Basic Guide
to the Council and its Four Constitutions’. The ‘very basic’ rather sells the
book short. While the book is a very accessible guide to Vatican II that does
not assume previous knowledge of the council by the reader, the material is