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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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The universal call to holiness

November 4, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One consequence of the Second Vatican Council was that it seemed to make everybody busier. More people became involved in more ministries, and the number of meetings exploded. Where the Church had previously been disengaged from the issues of contemporary society, it now seemed to have an opinion about everything.

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Council gave no basis for dissent

October 28, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council, at least in the Western world, was followed by decades of dissension from authoritative Catholic teaching, a phenomena that did much to weaken the Church's evangelizing mission.

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Local bishop is leader of his flock

October 21, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Last week's article focused on bishops as members of a sacred college, a college that has responsibility for the governance of the whole Church and its evangelizing mission throughout the world.

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Council gave new dignity to local bishops

October 14, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The third chapter of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, was the most controversial section of any document produced by the Second Vatican Council.

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Can a person be saved without the Church?

October 7, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If you have been following these articles on Vatican II's Constitution on the Church, you will likely have realized that the core message of the document is that God's plan of salvation is to offer eternal life to humanity through his Church.

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