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The transformation from clericalism to priests as servants

April 28, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Few groups went through as much change because of the Second Vatican Council as did diocesan priests. This would not be apparent from reading any history of the four years of Vatican II. While there was much controversy over the theology of bishops' collegial authority and a lot of attention was given to the role of the laity, priests seemed to be the forgotten ones.

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Thin document sparked renewal of religious life

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One misshapen stereotype about the Catholic Church is that following the Second Vatican Council men's and women's religious orders went squirrelly, lost their sense of identity and went into a freefall of vocations. While there is a grain of truth in the stereotype and while large numbers of men and women did leave religious life in the years following the council, the decline in religious vocations had been underway for decades.

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Church needs to do more to implement Vatican II – scholar

March 31, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church needs to go further in giving authority to lay people, says a leading expert on the council. "The powerlessness of the laity is striking," said Father Joseph Komonchak, the English-language editor of the five-volume History of Vatican II, produced by an international team of theologians in the 1990s and early 21st century.

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Christian education document received no love at council

March 31, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education should be seen as a provisional document. In fact, then-Father Joseph Ratzinger called it a weak document. "One unfortunately has to say that the text wasn't treated by the council fathers with any specific affection," the future pope wrote in 1966. Ratzinger attributed the weakness of the document to the fact that the bishops were getting worn out as the four-year council drew to its conclusion.

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Council envisioned laity as leaven who transform society

March 17 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was unprecedented in the strong emphasis it gave to the role of the laity in Christ's saving mission. Not only was there a chapter on the laity in one of the council's chief documents – the Constitution on the Church – but there was also a specific document on the laity. That document, The Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People (Apostolicam Actuositatem), was one of the least controversial matters to go before the council.

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Pope Paul VI asserted his authority

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The disharmony and bitterness of the 1964 session of the Second Vatican Council did not end with the so-called "black week" at the end of the session. Pope Paul VI had felt snubbed by the rejection of the Decree on the Missions that he had gone out of his way to promote and the failure of the Council for Promoting Christian Unity to send him the Decree on Ecumenism until after the council had approved the text. Now, he asserted his authority with greater vigour.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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