Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

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Articles on Vatican II - Fifty years Later

Liturgy is source and summit of the Christian life

December 3, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One key statement of Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) is that the liturgy is "the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows" (n. 10).

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Liturgy document urged participation of hearts and minds

November 26, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council was followed quickly by an explosion of lay liturgical ministries. Prior to the council, the sanctuary of every church had been clearly demarcated from the main body of the church by the presence of a Communion rail.

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Sacraments are moments when we encounter Christ

November 19, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the years go by, it gets increasingly difficult to detect without research some of the shifts in thinking that occur in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. They have been part of us for so long and, indeed, a majority of today's Catholics have no recollection of the Church prior to the council.

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Paschal mystery is lasting memorial of Christ's sacrifice

November 12, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Religion is based on sacrifice. The problem that religion faces is that even the greatest sacrifice offered by a finite person cannot hope to bring one into the presence of the infinite God.

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Liturgy constitution grew out of Pope Pius' encyclical

November 5, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was the first document approved at the Second Vatican Council. Unlike the council's other major documents, it sailed through the approval process fairly readily, although a tiny but vocal minority at first raised strenuous objections.

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Lively debate on liturgy ends with near-unanimity

October 29, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Patriarch Maximos Saigh, head of the Melkite rite in Antioch, made his introduction to the Second Vatican Council by breaking a rule. Instead of speaking Latin as the rules required, the patriarch spoke unapologetically in French.

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Council fathers turn their attention to liturgical reform

October 22, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All of the preliminaries were now over and the Second Vatican Council got down to business. But what business would that be? Of the 70 schema (proposed documents), the council fathers had seen only seven. Of those seven, by far the most important were those on divine revelation and on the liturgy.

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On Day 2, the council claimed its holy freedom

October 15, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It didn't take long for the tide to turn at the Second Vatican Council. Curia officials had spent much of the 44 months between the day Pope John XXIII announced the council until it actually began planning for how they believed it should be carried out.

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Pope John's opening speech sets the tone for a new direction

October 8, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Blessed Pope John XXIII began his speech to open the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962, many, perhaps most, of the bishops in St. Peter's Basilica expected to receive their marching orders for the council.

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Preparations for the council were a closed shop

October 1, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In mid-summer 1960, the preparations for the Second Vatican Council entered their second and final phase. Ten commissions were established to take the material submitted by bishops and Catholic universities from around the world and to develop documents to be considered by the council when it began.

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