New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Annales Historiae Conciliorum (AHC), Heft 1 / (2020)


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Annales Historiae Conciliorum (AHC) was founded in 1968 by a group of scholars under the direction of Walter Brandmüller under the title Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum. To date, it is the main and most authoritative international institution specialized in research in the field of the History of Councils from antiquity to the present day. In its 50 years of existence, it has published over 600 articles from a community of historians, theologians and philologists.


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New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Contra Latinos et Adversus Graecos. The Separation between Rome and Constantinople from the Ninth to the Fifteenth Century, ed. by Alessandra Bucossi / Anna Calia, Peeters Publisher, Leuven 2020 (= Bibliothèque de Byzantion, 22)


“The division between the Latin and Greek churches is one of the fields of research that best represents the complexity and richness of the medieval world and opens the way to a deeper understanding of contemporary religious and political issues. This volume, planned as a journey from the ninth to the fifteenth century and through three different linguistic areas (Greek, Latin and Slavonic languages), contains twenty-five contributions ranging from large images of the main points of difference between churches (e.g. papal primacy and Filioque) to new editions of texts (e.g. Letter by John Dokeianos to John Moschos). The new analyses proposed by this volume portray a lively community of well-known and young scholars who are radically changing the history of the Schism between Orthodox and Catholic Churches through new discoveries and revaluations of texts and events.” (taken from the website of the publisher)

New entries

Dictionary of Councils

Councils of Santiago de Compostela 1216 and 1260 (16th August)

Justo Fernández, Jaime

Symposium for History of Councils, in Dresden, 29.09. - 1.10. 2021

Konzilien und die Welt der Klöster

The International Society for the History of Councils in cooperation with the Research Center for Comparative History of Religious Orders at the University of Dresden and the Saxon Academy of Sciences under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gert Melville and PD Dr. Mirko Breitenstein, in the period from 20 September - 01 October 2021 organize a conference on the history of councils with the theme: "Konzilien und die Wely der Klöster" (Councils and the world of monasteries". The great importance of monasticism for the councils of the first millennium will be taken into account, as well as the contribution of the religious communities in the second millennium, where at the synods individual monks, but also theological schools that arose within the religious communities, have had great influence on doctrinal and disciplinary decrees. In addition, councils of all epochs have addressed the theological foundation and disciplinary order of religious life. The conference was originally scheduled for September 2020, but had to be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Contact addresses for registrations until September 1, 2021: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gert Melville, Dresden ( and Prof. Dr. Johannes Grohe, Rome (

New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Fermina Álvarez Alonso, Cum Petro et sub Petro. Primato ed episcopato dal Vaticano I al Vaticano II, prefazione di Marcello Semeraro, Milano: Ancora 2019. 384 pp.


"On the 150th anniversary of the First Vatican Council, this historical-theological study deals with the reception of doctrine, the primacy and the episcopate in theology and the magisterium between the two councils. It explanis in what way all this was integrated into chapter III of Lumen gentium, thanks to the interventions of Roman theologians such as Umberto Betti, Michele Maccarrone and Pietro Parente. This volume has the virtue of underlining the merit of "Roman" theologians who "managed to balance tradition and renewal". In the multitude of studies on Vatican II published until now, the contribution of some figures, present in the so-called "minority", representatives of well-defined currents and schools of theology, has probably not been fully evaluated: their contribution has not been sufficiently considered, or has been connoted by conservative or traditionalist approaches that have obscured the objective understanding of the facts. Noteworthy is also the fact that the author has drawn information and used documents from the Fund of the Second Vatican Council, kept in the Vatican Secret Archives. On these bases, the present volume certainly assumes a prominent place in the almost huge amount of studies on Vatican II "(loosely transalted from the Foreword by Marcello Semeraro)