Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

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'Black week' left no lasting marks on Vatican council

February 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

No account of the Second Vatican Council would be complete without a reflection on "the black week" – the week of Nov. 16, 1964 in which four papal interventions stunned the majority of council fathers, creating an emotional rift between them and Pope Paul VI.

Decree on missions gave greater dignity to young churches

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is often said that the Church thinks in terms of centuries and that it often takes that long for the Church to "catch up" with what the rest of the world has already realized.

Council updates approach to missions

January 20, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was, at its heart, a missionary council. Pope John XXIII had convoked the council, among other reasons, to discuss how to present the Church's teaching more effectively to the modern world.

Council opened door to relations with other faiths

December 23, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In November, the Vatican published a book entitled Interreligious Dialogue in the Official Teaching of the Catholic Church (1963-2013). While the book is not likely to become a bestseller, its publication is a significant event.

Statement on Jews faced uphill battle

December 16, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

During the period prior to the start of the Second Vatican Council, there was no pressure for or interest in issuing a conciliar statement on relations between Christians and Jews.

Cardinal fought to overcome prejudice against Jews

December 9, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Cardinal Augustin Bea, a German Jesuit Scripture scholar who served as the first head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Christian Unity, must go down as one of the great heroes of the Second Vatican Council.

Council presents Mary as a model of the Church

December 2, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The closest vote at the Second Vatican Council was over whether to discuss the Virgin Mary in a separate document or to include that discussion as part of its document on the Church.

A pilgrim Church yearns for eternity

November 25, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the preparations for the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John XXIII asked that a document be prepared on the veneration of the saints.

Religious life grew out of a desire for purer Christianity

November 18, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the Second Vatican Council spoke of the universal call to holiness, it raised another issue. If, because of our baptismal consecration, we are called and empowered to be holy, where do religious orders fit into the picture?

Laity called to share in Christ's ministry

November 11, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The role of the laity was one of the least-debated topics at the Second Vatican Council. Popes Pius XI and Pius XII had already laid out a vision of the laity as serving on the front lines of the Church – those who take the Church’s teaching and apply it in the secular sphere.

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