Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

Melkite leader had plan for collegiality among bishops

June 17, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Maximos IV Saigh, the patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church, was one of the most outspoken fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

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'Observers', added different outlooks in Vatican II talks

June 10, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One feature that distinguished the Second Vatican Council from the 19th-century Vatican One and the 16th-century Council of Trent was the presence of "observers" from other Christian churches.

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Subterfuge required to start discussion on Jews, liberty

June 3, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The draft version of the Decree on Ecumenism presented to the fathers of the Second Vatican Council in November 1963 had two chapters that never made it into the final version of the document.

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When council spoke of Church unity, it was looking East

May 27, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Catholics in the Western world think of ecumenism and full Church unity, our natural tendency is to think first of healing the breach of the 16th century Reformation.

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Church admits its sins against unity

May 20, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) staked the cause of Christian unity clearly on the ground of Church renewal.

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Hierarchy of truths help us see unity that already exists

May 13, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Perhaps the most important traditional Catholic teaching that received new life at the Second Vatican Council was that of the hierarchy of truths. The Decree on Ecumenism, no. 11, presented the notion that some truths are more central than others.

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Lack of Christian unity contributes to secularism

May 6, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism had several important things to say to the Catholic community. However, the most important things about the decree were that it was written, it was overwhelmingly approved and it called for dialogue among separated Christians.

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Congar suffered to put ecumenism on Catholic agenda

April 29, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the French Dominican theologian Yves Congar, the presentation of a schema on ecumenism on the floor of the Second Vatican Council must have seemed like a dream, one too good to be true.

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Council fathers turn their attention to ecumenism

April 22, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

On Nov. 18, 1963, Vatican II's proposed document on ecumenism reached the floor of the council. One of the main reasons Pope John XXIII had called the Second Vatican Council was to further the quest for Church unity and so this was an historic day.

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Council’s document on the media was left to gather dust

April 15, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the first two sessions of the Second Vatican Council, only two documents received final approval. One – the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – had an enormous effect on the life of the Church. The other – the Decree on Social Communications (Inter Mirifica) – has been virtually ignored.

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