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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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In the preparations for the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John XXIII asked that a document be prepared on the veneration of the saints.
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?
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.