The 'Year of Faith' will begin on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The documents of the Council offer very important teaching in support of the Church’s ongoing mission.
It is suggested that you read and study four Constitutions described as the ‘pillars of the Council’. These Constitutions are:
I. Lumen Gentium - on the Church
II. Sacrosanctum Concilium - on the Sacred liturgy
III. Dei Verbum - on Divine Revelation
IV. Gaudium et Spes - on the Church in the Modern World
One of the repeated themes of Pope Benedict’s writings has been the importance of reading and interpreting the documents of Vatican II in the right way, using what he describes as the ‘right hermeneutic’, or interpretation.
The use of a correct interpretive approach is essential to reaching a proper understanding of the Truth in Scriptureand in the teaching documents of the Church. This correct approach is sometimes called a ‘hermeneutic of continuity’. This may sound a little complicated, but in simplicity it affirms that a Catholic can only properly understand a Christian teaching if he or she takes into account what both Scripture and the Magisterium have said on a subject. Any understanding which fastens on what Scripture says to the exclusion of the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church) or which fastens on this or that statement of the Magisterium in preference to others may be incorrect.
DOCUMENTS OF THE II VATICAN COUNCIL
Gaudium et Spes
Prayer for the Year of Faith
Motu Proprio: Porta Fidei
Plenary Indulgence granted for Year of Faith
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Homily on opening the door of faith - Cardinal Piacenza
Pope Announces "year of faith"
Official Year of Faith website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization