Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"András Fejérdy’s new book is a laudable attempt to write the history of the Hungarian mission to the Second Vatican Council. It is not an analysis of the influence of the Council on Hungarian Catholicism, but rather an analysis of the bishops who were sent to the council, torn between their Communist nation and the trans-national community of the Catholic clergy. Fejérdy identifies both the rise of Pope John XXIII and a shift in the ecclesiastical policy of the Communist party in Hungary as catalysts for Hungarian participation in the Council. He also correctly links the Council with larger Hungarian-Vatican negotiations on the internal administration and autonomy of the Church and the role of the Vatican in its operations. Overall this is a wonderful volume and great contribution to the existing scholarship."
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András Fejérdy
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