December 2015 Struggle, Condemnation,Vindication. John Courtney Murray's Journey toward Vatican II. by Barry Hudock. I found this book at the UD Ministry conference in October and put it in my pile of books to read between semesters. It caught my eye because I had run across Father Murray in my preparation for a report on Dignitatis Humanae, the Declaration on Religious Liberty, from Vatican II. I wish I had read this book before preparing that report.

The author gives a clear account of the stance of the Catholic Church on religious freedom prior to Vatican II, and the historical reasons for that approach. Father Murray was an American Jesuit theologian who challenged that stance on the basis of the American experience of the separation of church and state. He was the fundamental theological voice in bringing about change in the Church on religious freedom.

I recommend this book to anyone interested these days with the interaction of the Catholic Church with government. It's and important topic especially for Catholics living in the twenty-first century USA.