March 26, 2012

The 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council is an opportunity to revisit the clear teaching of its documents and reject distortions and false interpretations that have gained traction in the Catholic Church, according to a council scholar.

Alan Schreck, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, spoke in Garrison, N.Y., March 13 on Vatican II.

The council is still a sure compass for the Church today, Schreck said, and each pope since the council reaffirmed its teachings as "God's teachings in our time."

Nonetheless, he said, there has been tumult as the postconciliar Church sought to understand what the council meant and how to implement it.

"The documents of Vatican II are among the great unread documents of our time," said Schreck.

"People are not sure what it said. A lot of things that are blamed on Vatican II are not in the documents."