Only two years after the Second Vatican Council concluded in 1965, Catholics around the world welcomed the publication ofThe Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, a history of the Council published worldwide in four languages. Widely hailed for its balanced, factual reporting, this eye-opening insider’s account was written by Fr. Ralph M. Wiltgen, a priest and professional journalist who was an eyewitness with unparalleled access to the principal figures and events of the Council.
The Inside Story of Vatican IIis a revised, updated edition of that ground-breaking contemporary account, which details in particular the crucial influence on the Council’s proceedings exerted by its German-speaking bishops. As Catholics continue to debate the meaning and impact of Vatican II, they will find this book an indispensable guide for understanding what actually took place there behind the scenes.
About the Author
The Rev. Father Ralph M. Wiltgen, S.V.D., was born in 1921 at Chicago, Illinois. After become a Divine Word Missionary in 1938, he received Holy Orders twelve years later, and eventually composed a history of Vatican II entitled The Rhine Flows into the Tiber. Father Wiltgen also authored such works as The Religious Life Defined and Gold Coast Mission History. The Rhine Flows was originally published in the 1960s with the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It was also printed by TAN Books in 1985 and republished as The Inside Story of Vatican II in 2014.
Item No: 0092 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Paperbound and eBook
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.25" X 0.88"
Five Stars Review by John Myler "Fr JT"
The very best account, and the best interpretation of, the Second Vatican Council. (Posted on 3/25/2015)
The Authorative Account of what happened during the Council Review by Ruben Lamigueiro
An amazing in-depth and impartial account of what exactly transpired during the Second Vatican Council. It details the debates, conflicts, and personalities which would end up dominating the Council.It favors neither the ideology of the liberals nor the conservatives - but tells the complete story of how events transpired in a fair and balanced way. (Posted on 12/2/2014)
We've been HAD, people!!! Review by Brian S. Donahue
Essential reading for any Catholic, especially those who are ready to leave the church. I've wondered for years what the heck happened at the council, and now it's starting to make sense. As a result, we're witnessing the self-destruction of the faith as never before.It made me wonder, what will the future bring? What will happen when more and more faithful become aware of where the postconciliar nonsense came from? What will happen when it becomes crystal clear that the Vatican II / Novus Ordo is a rupture (at best!) from true teaching? I'm certain we are on a collision course; the only question is when and how.If you care about truth, you deserve to read this book.(As an aside, there are so many interesting players in this epic event (Rahner, Ratzinger, Kung, Lefebvre, etc), that you may need to do as I did, and make a chart of who is who, and from where, and said what, and influenced whom. Those more visually inclined may benefit from a feltboard with cutouts and names of the key people, or perhaps a set of action figures to align in the various camps. This may seem comical but I think it would truly help to keep everyone straight.) (Posted on 9/10/2014)
So that's what happened! Review by Margaret S.
This is another of the books that has long been on my "search" list, and has been out of print for some time. I'm grateful that it has now been reprinted, and is available to help Catholics understand the influence/direction that shaped Vatican II to a large extent. THaving read the Documents of Vatican II, (I learned more from the footnotes than from the text itself) and gained insight into thedirection, but was still left with the "Who, where, what, why and how" questions.So many questions answered! I highly recommend this for Catholics searching for answers after Vatican II. (Posted on 5/25/2014)
Concise History of Vatican II ignored by Vatican II conservatives Review by Eric M. Brown "Eric M. Brown"
This is an excellent history that jolted me into realizing that the Vatican II denomination is not the Catholic Church but is instead a modernist counterfeit. Vatican II conservatives refuse to come to this conclusion and therefore refuse to read this book. They prattle on about how Vatican II has been misinterpreted and misapplied and when you ask them whether they have read a history of Vatican II; they are forced to say no. They simply ignore this book which proves that neither Angelo Roncalli(John XXIII)who convened Vatican II nor Montini(Paul VI)who confirmed Vatican II were Catholics but were modernists, albeit moderate modernists. This book proves that Vatican II does not come from holy scripture, apostolic tradition, or the perennial magisterium of the Catholic Church but instead from modernism and Protestantism. For further proof read the very good work "One Hundred Years of Modernism: A Genealogy of the Principles of the Second Vatican Council" by Dominic Bourmaud which exposes with direct quotations all the nefarious heretical currents of neo-modernism leading to and pulsing through Vatican II. Finally, since neither John XXIII nor Paul VI were Catholics according to Catholic ecclesiology as canonized by Pope Paul IV's Apostolic Constitution on Feb. 15, 1559 "Cum ex apostolatus officio" neither men were Popes but instead were antipopes(false claimants to the papacy) and therefore there Council was neither convened nor promulgated as a valid Council of the Catholic Church. As such it is null and void and represents the founding documents of a new "church" contrary to the Catholic Church. Bottom line is that the Vatican II denomination is not the Catholic Church and neither Vatican II right-wingers nor Vatican II left-wingers will admit this fact. (Posted on 3/3/2012)
VERY informative on what happened during the Council Review by The SATMD "Michael DiSalvo"
Interesting to note, the priest who wrote this book was a liberal. Nevertheless one can see that the Council was hijacked by the "Progressivists" (ie the Masonic Communist Non-Catholics who wanted the "New Church"). (Posted on 7/15/2011)
A detailed history of Vatican 2 Review by Taylor Marshall
This book is a detailed (sometimes overly detailed) account of the Second Vatican Council. It introduces you to the names and politics surrounding the council and how certain decisions were reached. If you want to know who said what, then this is the book for you. (Posted on 12/5/2010)
What Went Wrong Review by Yuma
This book explains the division , so close and yet so far away, thatseparates Christians East and West. As a former Protestant who "went home to Rome" fortwenty years before ending up as an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I have some thoughts.Not long after converting to Catholicism in 1969 I realized that something was liturgicallyamiss. There were ominous shades of what I thought I had just left behind inProtestantism. Like innumerable older Catholics, I found elements of the novus ordo to benot only smacking of Lutheranism but simply banal in comparison to the numinosity of theTridentine mass. Even when said in the vernacular ("Oh," remarked my older Catholicneighbor, "If only the 'liturgical experts' had merely forced us switch to the Englishtranslation on the left sided pages of our paperback Roman missels...") the Tridentine mass,despite its shortcomings (even Archbishop Lefebvre admitted that it needed fine tuning),conveyed the numinosity (a vital concept for those who turn to the Orient for their worship!)that I was only able to find 20 frustrating years later in St John Chrysostom's and St. Basil'sDivine Liturgy. One ex-Catholic, Orthodox priest had dryly observed that the OrthodoxChurch was the church you thought you were joining when you joined the Roman CatholicChurch.Years later when reading Monsignor Ralph Wiltgens' The Rhine Flows into the Tiber I wasable to make sense of my confusion. In the book, Father Wiltgens, a self-proclaimed liberalwho attended the Council, triumphantly maps the manner in which the northern Europeantheologians were able to hijack the direction, and thus the product, of the committeedealing with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. With an authority that only an insidercould document, he showed how these renowned scholars proudly returned to their Westernprotestant neighbors with a sparkling, new, and truly "ecumenical" liturgy. Over forty yearslater their optimism would be balanced in First Things by Father Neuhaus' observationregarding the "receding hope" of dialogue with Lutherans and Anglicans. Tragically, it wasCardinal Bugnini's modernized rite that totally ignored the older Eastern Orthodox brothers.Indeed, it seemed that the rush to ecumenically embrace the Protestants of northernEurope was equally a shunning of the ancient rites, art and music of Orthodox worship. Inretrospect, this preoccupation with things Western seems surreal when one remembers thatthe Orthodox are nothing if not liturgical Christians! In the ensuing years the painfulliturgical chaos among Roman Catholics was viewed by Othodox with something thatfluctuated between concern and a "you made your bed now sleep in it" coolness. It appearsto me that both poles of reaction resulted in a reluctance by Orthodox to dialogue with aconfused Rome so bent on radically overhauling Holy Tradition.Perhaps we shall have to await a third Vatican council wherein still yet another liturgicaldocument will address the liturgical insights of Rome's ancient Eastern brothers in the faith.Sadly, until that happens I fear there will be no "rush to embrace" among large blocks ofOrthodox Christians. (Posted on 1/23/2009)
Textbook for Vatican Two Review by David Flores
If you want an impartial, professional, insightful, concise and "almost" authoritive book on Second Vatican Council you need to buy this. It clearly depicts the factions, the drama and the motives moving within, around and behind the Council Hall of Vatican Two. Fr. Wiltgen will give you the big picture of how certain members of the heirarchy from Europe and those who are trained in their seminaries direct and orientate the Council and the Pope himself into their own brand of Catholic theology. This book will give every reader the understanding of how the Church was being ambushed from within to change some of her fundamental doctrines. But in no way will you caught the author favoring either camps! Truly, Fr. Wiltgen is the best journalist to cover this momentous event in the life of the Church! (Posted on 3/24/2008)
A must read for all Roman Catholics Review by Michael "vonhughes"
If you sit in your pew on Sunday and think, "Ugh, this is the worst...where did they come up with this stuff?" you will want to read this book.In this well written volume, Mr. Wiltgen lifts the rock and lets the light shine on the factions responsible for twisting and redirecting the the Second Vatican Council away from it's original schemata.Well indexed. (Posted on 2/25/2007)
Valuable insights on Roman Catholic turning point. Review by geezergirrrlreads
Detailed analysis well worth the read no matter where your alliances may fall. (Posted on 8/2/2006)
informative Review by Alexius "book hawk"
A very good book explaining the liberlism of vatican II that has destroyed the reverence and mystery of catholicism and turned it into kumbayah, hand holding, p.c. garbage. (Posted on 12/16/2005)