March 23, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
The peak of excitement and enthusiasm at the Second Vatican Council likely occurred in the first two sessions of 1962 and 1963. The fourth and final session in the autumn of 1965, writes council historian Giuseppe Alberigo, was characterized by "a sense of emptiness." The final session, which ran from Sept. 14 to Dec. 8, was also marked by "frenetic activity," Alberigo wrote. However, while frenetic, that activity was neither fulfilling nor constructive in itself.