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You won't have to travel far in the company of theologians before you find one . . . or many who declare that the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) was the most important document produced at the Second Vatican Council. To a casual observer, this may not seem so obvious. It was the changes in the liturgy that had the greatest effect on the way we celebrate our faith; it was the document on the Church that cut a swath through clericalism and presented the Church as a communion first and a hierarchy second; it was the document on the Church in the modern world that really moved the Church out of the sacristy and into conversation with the secular movements of the time.
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Montreal's Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger is often cited as one of the more influential reform-minded bishops at the Second Vatican Council. Léger was a man who was transformed by the council. He led his diocese in a triumphalist style prior to Vatican II, but came to see things much differently during those four years in Rome. In 1968, he resigned as archbishop and went to Senegal to serve in a leper colony for 11 years so moved was he by the council's emphasis on service and the poor.