Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

Church a mystery founded on the Trinity

September 9, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At its very heart, the Church is not a structure, but a mystery. The Church is not of human origin, but rather originates within the Holy Trinity.

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Council forged new understanding of nature of Church

September 2, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The widespread understanding of the nature of the Church prior to the Second Vatican Council was that of a juridical body with a pyramidal structure that was external to the lives of baptized believers.

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1964 was darkest year of the council

August 26, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The third session of the Second Vatican Council, held in the fall of 1964, was without doubt the darkest time of the council.

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Enigmatic de Lubac was quiet, but highly influential

July 22, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The French Jesuit Henri de Lubac was, without a doubt, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century and at the Second Vatican Council.

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Paul VI’s encyclical gave council a word it came to love

July 15, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Dialogue. It is one of the key words of the Second Vatican Council, but it was not part of the council’s vocabulary at all until the release of Pope Paul VI’s first encyclical Ecclesiam Suam on Aug. 6, 1964.

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Confusion over responsibility slowed council's progress

July 1, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

By the end of the second session of the Second Vatican Council, there was considerable unease among the council fathers. The council was proceeding at a snail's pace and it was far from clear as to who was running the show.

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Papal visit to Holy Land startled council

June 24, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the second session of the Second Vatican Council drew to a close on Dec. 4, 1963, the mood among the council fathers was sombre. Only two conciliar decrees had been approved, disorganization had slowed the progress of the council and a deep chasm existed among the fathers on religious liberty, ecumenism and collegiality.

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Melkite leader had plan for collegiality among bishops

June 17, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Maximos IV Saigh, the patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church, was one of the most outspoken fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

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'Observers', added different outlooks in Vatican II talks

June 10, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One feature that distinguished the Second Vatican Council from the 19th-century Vatican One and the 16th-century Council of Trent was the presence of "observers" from other Christian churches.

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Subterfuge required to start discussion on Jews, liberty

June 3, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The draft version of the Decree on Ecumenism presented to the fathers of the Second Vatican Council in November 1963 had two chapters that never made it into the final version of the document.

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