Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

When council spoke of Church unity, it was looking East

May 27, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Catholics in the Western world think of ecumenism and full Church unity, our natural tendency is to think first of healing the breach of the 16th century Reformation.

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Church admits its sins against unity

May 20, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) staked the cause of Christian unity clearly on the ground of Church renewal.

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Hierarchy of truths help us see unity that already exists

May 13, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Perhaps the most important traditional Catholic teaching that received new life at the Second Vatican Council was that of the hierarchy of truths. The Decree on Ecumenism, no. 11, presented the notion that some truths are more central than others.

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Lack of Christian unity contributes to secularism

May 6, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism had several important things to say to the Catholic community. However, the most important things about the decree were that it was written, it was overwhelmingly approved and it called for dialogue among separated Christians.

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Congar suffered to put ecumenism on Catholic agenda

April 29, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the French Dominican theologian Yves Congar, the presentation of a schema on ecumenism on the floor of the Second Vatican Council must have seemed like a dream, one too good to be true.

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Council fathers turn their attention to ecumenism

April 22, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

On Nov. 18, 1963, Vatican II's proposed document on ecumenism reached the floor of the council. One of the main reasons Pope John XXIII had called the Second Vatican Council was to further the quest for Church unity and so this was an historic day.

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Council’s document on the media was left to gather dust

April 15, 2013
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the first two sessions of the Second Vatican Council, only two documents received final approval. One – the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy – had an enormous effect on the life of the Church. The other – the Decree on Social Communications (Inter Mirifica) – has been virtually ignored.

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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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