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Only two years after the Second Vatican Council concluded in 1965, Catholics around the world welcomed the publication of The 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 Rev. 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 II is 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.  

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The Rev. Father Ralph M. Wiltgen, S.V.D. (1921-2002) was a Divine Word Missionary and journalist who founded the independent, multilingual Council News Service to report on the events of Vatican II.

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M. Strauch Delaney
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Be CAREFUL which EDITION you are ordering.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
There are DIFFERENT EDITIONS of this book which are ALL LISTED UNDER THE ORIGINAL TITLE (304 pages for the 1967/1978/1985 books and 488 pages for the 1991/2014 books). I ordered the 1991 edition and rec''d the 1985: The Rhine Flows into the Tiber: The Unknown... See more
There are DIFFERENT EDITIONS of this book which are ALL LISTED UNDER THE ORIGINAL TITLE (304 pages for the 1967/1978/1985 books and 488 pages for the 1991/2014 books). I ordered the 1991 edition and rec''d the 1985:

The Rhine Flows into the Tiber: The Unknown Council 1st and 2nd Printing Editions 1967 304 pages
Author''s Preface added 1978 304 pages
The Rhine Flows into the Tiber: A History of Vatican II Reprint of 1978 Edition 1985 304 pages

The Inside Story of Vatican II Revised and Updated Edition w/new title 1991 488 pages
The Inside Story of Vatican II Reprint of 1991 Revised and Updated Edition 2014 488 pages

Now I have ordered the 2014 version directly from Tan Books at tanbooks.com so I can be sure of the edition I am receiving.
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Very defensive, but well written.
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
I began reading this with an open mind, but got as far as the Publisher''s Note and could already sense the bias. It goes on to say that Father Witgen was a supporter of Vatican II, and mentions how "As the beauty of the Council is regaining notice, and as old... See more
I began reading this with an open mind, but got as far as the Publisher''s Note and could already sense the bias. It goes on to say that Father Witgen was a supporter of Vatican II, and mentions how "As the beauty of the Council is regaining notice, and as old misunderstandings are overcome, much of the folly we have endured is fading away, and the dissenters are being exposed for their lack of faith." POT, MEET KETTLE! Well, it looks like we''ve touched on a sore spot. To be fair, this is the latest incarnation of THE RHINE FLOWS INTO THE TIBER titled THE INSIDE STORY OF VATICAN II.
The author himself cites the praise of Father Yves Congar, O.P., hardly an unbiased opinion.
The book is well written and describes how the conservative movement was caught flat-footed, and out maneuvered by the liberals at almost every turn.
No Country For Old Men rings true here.
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William Meyer
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Excellent book. Best single volume coverage of the Council.
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2015
I have found no better single volume on Vatican II. Professor Matttei, in his recent history of the Council, presents a great deal of detail, and perspective on many more of the participants, but it is almost too much. It is also worth noting that the professor cites Fr.... See more
I have found no better single volume on Vatican II. Professor Matttei, in his recent history of the Council, presents a great deal of detail, and perspective on many more of the participants, but it is almost too much. It is also worth noting that the professor cites Fr. Wiltgen''s work in many places in his own volume.

Fr. Wiltgen presents a unique view of the proceedings, giving a real sense of presence at the Council, without burying the reader in excessive detail. He was there, after all, and published a journal for the bishops at the Council. Unlike several of the books published later, this is not a polemic, but a journal, and in the spirit of what journalism used to be: objective reporting of events.

I have a copy of the original paperback, and am very happy now to have the revised volume on my Kindle, making it easy to reference when I am away from home.
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Margaret S.
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So that''s what happened!
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2014
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.... See more
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. T

Having read the Documents of Vatican II, (I learned more from the footnotes than from the text itself) and gained insight into the
direction, 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.
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Carole DeRizzo
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Opens your mind
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
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Markus
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this is an excellent book. I think the human element of the ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2014
To those who want an unbiased exposition on what went on behind the scenes of Vatican II, this is an excellent book. I think the human element of the Council (e.g. politics and conflicting agendas) is brought into the light. To those who naively claim VII was simply the... See more
To those who want an unbiased exposition on what went on behind the scenes of Vatican II, this is an excellent book. I think the human element of the Council (e.g. politics and conflicting agendas) is brought into the light. To those who naively claim VII was simply the product of the Holy Spirit, this book will undeceive them.
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Just finished reading this book and it is an amazing and concise account of the inner workings of the ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2016
Just finished reading this book and it is an amazing and concise account of the inner workings of the Council and the legislative battles that took place. It is by no means exhaustive and is almost neutral to a fault, but for anyone who wants a non-polemical account of the... See more
Just finished reading this book and it is an amazing and concise account of the inner workings of the Council and the legislative battles that took place. It is by no means exhaustive and is almost neutral to a fault, but for anyone who wants a non-polemical account of the Council that captures the spirit of the times in which it happened, this is an excellent read.
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Jerry
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Interesting first hand account
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2015
This is a must read for those interested in the council. It''s an observation view with little spin. However, it does not adequate adequately address the problems with the council itself in the timebombs there in
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Well documented and well written. A classic of its type and of its time. CleAr, concise and easy to read.
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Reviewed in Canada on March 15, 2021
I had wanted a book to give me an overview of the Council debates that led to the Vatican II documents. I''ve read it through, but found it very difficult. The narrative is staged as a "competition" between left and right, liberals and conservatives, with scheming and...See more
I had wanted a book to give me an overview of the Council debates that led to the Vatican II documents. I''ve read it through, but found it very difficult. The narrative is staged as a "competition" between left and right, liberals and conservatives, with scheming and trickery and with one side or the other "winning". No apparent understanding of the legitimacy of real debate and the clarifying and melding of perspectives, guided by the Holy Spirit, to lead the Church in the modern world.
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