Vatican 2 - After 50 Years

From the monthly archives: February, 2013

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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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