Original essays explore the effects and influences of the Second Vatican Council, particularly on its understanding of church, engagement with the modern world, and encounters with other religions. Contributors include: Philip A. Franco, St. John's University, New York Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University Christopher D. Denny, St. John's University, New York Harriet A. Luckman, College of Mount Saint Joseph Alice L. Laffey, College of the Holy Cross Francis Holland, St. John's University, New York Jason King, St. Vincent College William French, Loyola University, Chicago Christine Firer Hinze, Marquette University Victor Lee Austin, Saint Thomas Church, New York John Sniegocki, Xavier University Elaine Catherine MacMillan, University of San Diego Paul F. Knitter, Xavier University Reid B. Locklin, St. Michael's College, University of Toronto Elena G. Procario-Foley, Iona College Phillip Luke Sinitiere, University of Houston William Madges is Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph's University. He was previously Chair of Theology Department at Xavier College. He is author of God and Vatican H: Forty Personal Stories, The Core of Christian Faith: D.F. Strauss and His Catholic Critics, and The Many Marks of the Church.