Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

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Articles on Vatican II - Fifty years Later

Virgin Mary became a divisive issue at the council

April 1, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the more significant points of evolution in Church teaching that emerged from the Second Vatican Council was that on the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was an evolution, however, that came with considerable gnashing of teeth and a most emotional debate.

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Council tackles business left over from Vatican One

March 25, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The authority of the college of bishops was not only one of the most important issues discussed at the Second Vatican Council, it was also among the most controversial.

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With a new pope, Vatican II reached its third beginning

March 18, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In looking back on the Second Vatican Council, it appears so natural that the council met for about two months every fall from 1962 through 1965.

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Pope Paul reforms Curia and gets it to accept the council

March 11, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The first session of the Second Vatican Council in the fall of 1962 had opened a deep fissure between the Vatican's Italian-dominated Curia and the bishops and council fathers who had come from around the world.

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A new pope tries to get bishops rowing in unison

March 4, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In September 1962, shortly before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII learned that he had inoperable cancer. Throughout the first session of the council, he knew that his life was drawing to a close.

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Between-sessions labour developed workable agenda

February 25, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At the end of the first session of the Second Vatican Council, the council fathers went home with a mixture of exhilaration and frustration. The bishops had come to understand their authority and responsibility for helping the Church to define itself and its mission to the modern world.

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Interpretations of council often ignore historical record

February 18, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In last week's article, I referred to Pope Benedict's analysis that some people have presented the Second Vatican Council as a break with the Church's past. He maintains that the council was a council of reform in continuity with the tradition.

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Council agitated minds of the faithful

February 11, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his memoirs, Joseph Ratzinger, a young theologian advising Cardinal Josef Frings at the Second Vatican Council and who is today Pope Benedict XVI, recalled the atmosphere in Germany when he returned home after each of the four sessions of the council:

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Vatican II turns its attention to nature of the Church

February 4, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After the great crisis over the status of the document on the Sources of Revelation that Pope John XXIII had deftly resolved, it might have been hoped that the first session of the Second Vatican Council would slowly wind down to its conclusion two and a half weeks later.

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John XXIII sent document back to drawing board

January 28, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Most of the more than 2,000 fathers of the Second Vatican Council who arrived in Rome in early October 1962 for the start of the council had no personal agenda. They had not travelled extensively and had had little, if any, exposure to new theological trains of thought.

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