Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Rhine That Flows in the Tiber

The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber
A History of Vatican II
By: Rev. Ralph Wiltgen

The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber. Unbiased, definitive, popularly written history of Vatican II. Tells it like it really happened. Filled with facts. Totally absorbing. Shows the efforts of the "Rhine Fathers" to take control of the Council. Crucial to understand what is shaping the Church today. Impr. 304 pgs, PB (courtesy of TANBooks)

General Description: (courtesy of

There have occurred in the Catholic Church since Vatican Council II the most sweeping and revolutionary changes in her near 2,000-year history. One might even say the Church has adopted a totally new and different direction - so much so, for example, that the eminent Catholic writer-publisher, Frank J. Sheed, could write a book after Vatican II (1968) entitled Is It the Same Church?

Whence arose this "new direction," this different approach, these sweeping and revolutionary changes? Historically their origins are traceable to Vatican Council II (1962-1965).

In The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, author, historian, journalist and eye-witness to the events, Fr. Ralph M. Wiltgen, presents to the modern reader a history of that council that is at once factual, authoritative, fair, objective, impartial, thorough, and completely interesting. As amazing-and at times even incredible-as are some of the facts that he brings to light, his most important contribution for us today is the fact that he focuses on the role played by that coalition of liberal bishops from the countries bordering the Rhine River in assuming command of the direction which the Council took-and thereby, which is crucial, of the direction taken by the commissions set up in the aftermath of the Council. These commissions "implemented" Vatican II and were responsible for interpreting the recommendations of the Council in their practical and pastoral applications.

Written by a professional historian who daily published a news service, in six different languages, of the proceedings of the Council (through his Council News Service, which went out to over 3,000 subscribers in 108 countries), The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber gradually emerged from the welter of literature about Vatican II as the authoritative, popular history of that Council.

As the author explains in his preface, he had access to "all official correspondence, documents and working papers received by the Council Fathers from the Council's Secretariat," as well as to "all correspondence and documentation sent by the Rhine group to its members, as well as additional documentation from other groups," etc. In addition to this, Father Wiltgen also interviewed two Council Fathers each day during the 281 days that the Council was in session. From all this in-depth exposure to the official proceedings and behind-the-scenes aspirations and maneuverings, he was in a providential position to gather the facts he has so capably recorded in this masterful and absorbing account of Vatican Council II.

The Church stands eternally in his debt for writing this book, and whoever would understand the issues and forces that are still shaping the history and direction of the Catholic Church in our day simply must read The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber.

Imprimatur: Terrance J. Cooke, D.D., V.G., New York, December 15, 1966


benares said...

Its time that Daniel Couture is removed from Asia District. PERIOD!

traditionalcatholicsspxcdo said...

Hello benares,

what is your issues with the Asian District Superior? you can email me at

benares said...

The Rhine Flows Into The Tiber.

Following the recent REMNANT interview of Bisop Fellay, it looks as if he is flowing into the Novus Ordo!

ambrosio said...

I hear that Fr Devasabayam from India is coming to Manila in an " out of season transfer.