Vol 3, No 1, 2004

Commemorating Lumen Gentium: A Short History of a Ground-breaking Charter

Brian Gleeson CP

Abstract

21 November 2004 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Lumen Gentium, the central document of the Second Vatican Council. The author summarizes the evolution of the document, which might be regarded as the Church's own Vision Statement. It's timely and relevant to outline this history in order to recall significant life-changing emphases made by the Council in the production of the document, together with their logical implications.