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The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was an ecclesial, theological, and ecumenical congress convened in the autumns of the four years from 1962 through 1965.
After Vatican II the use of the vernacular language was permitted in the celebration of the Mass and in 1970 the new Sacramentary and
As much as the Second Vatican Council is identified with this pope, John XXIII died June 3, 1963, before half of the Council was over and any of the documents had been promulgated.
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  Second Vatican Council - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, (Vatican two) was an Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965.
On December 8, the Second Vatican Council was formally closed, with the bishops professing their obedience to the Council's decrees.
However, the Council Fathers insisted, with the support of the Pope, that, as Mary's place is within the Church, treatment of her should appear within the Constitution on the Church.
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 Wikinfo | Second Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was an ecumenical council of the Catholic church opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965.
Prior to the council, the Catholic Church was often described as a rigidly hierarchical organization, with priests answering to bishops, bishops answering to archbishops or primates and on upward to the Pope at the apex.
At Vatican II, the council fathers sought to return the role of a bishop to its origins as a direct successor of the original group of apostles.In addition, the role of the bishops grouped together, as the whole College of Bishops (as in the council), or in particular groups for specific places, was enhanced.
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 Second Vatican Council - Britannica Concise   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The council also promulgated decrees (documents on practical questions) on the pastoral duties of bishops, ecumenism, the Eastern-rite churches, the ministry and life of priests, the education for the priesthood, the religious life, the missionary activity of the church, the apostolate of the laity, and the media of social communication.
Vatican Council, Second - (1962–65) 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic church, announced by Pope John XXIII.
Vatican Council - 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church (1962–65), announced by Pope John XXIII on Jan. 25, 1959, as a means of spiritual renewal for the church and as an occasion for Christians separated from Rome to join in search for reunion.
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 Second Vatican Council - Occurrence or Event?
The second interpretation holds that the council was a momentous event, indeed one of the most dramatic and important events in the history of Catholicism, a structure-shattering event which one could almost call a revolution.
And second, he has been raised to the dignity of the priesthood by an ordination ceremony that, through the laying on of hands by a bishop, has mobilized the power of apostolic succession and thereby made him capable of an apparently miraculous feat—transforming bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.
Such was the fruit of the Second Vatican Council, not as series of documents, but as a phenomenon which transformed the behavior patterns of Catholics with regard to their church.
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 The Second Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council, or 21st Ecumenical Church Council, consisted of 4 sessions held yearly in Autumn.
Consider that John XXIII had dedicated the Council to "the Immaculate", the celebration of which by the Church is on December 8th (this is the reason why the sessions always ended on Decembert 8th).
The Documents of the Second Vatican Council incarnate the effort of the Church to fulfill its promise, or its pastoral and escathological task.
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 Second Vatican Council - Encyclopedia.com
Second Vatican Council popularly called Vatican II, 1962-65, the 21st ecumenical council (see council, ecumenical) of the Roman Catholic Church, convened by Pope John XXIII and continued under Paul VI.
Its announced purpose was spiritual renewal of the church and reconsideration of the position of the church in the modern world.
The most spectacular innovation of the council, which convened Oct. 11, 1962, was the invitation extended to Protestant and Orthodox Eastern churches to send observers; the meetings were attended by representatives from many of those churches.
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 Vatican II, TCRNews.com, What did the Second Vatican Council do for us? Why the New Century Will Not Bring Vatican III   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In support of the continuity of Vatican II with the Church’s great tradition, Ruini cited John XXIII first of all, and precisely the passage from his speech for the opening of the council on October 11, 1962, that Alberigo and the Bologna School invoke most frequently in defense of their theses.
This unexpected phenomenon was not planned or predicted by Vatican II, but nevertheless it represents a concrete realisation of the Council's Constitution on the Church, at the heart of which is the idea of communion between all the baptised whatever their state in the Church, whether clerical or religious or lay.
VATICAN II aimed to redress the balance, not only for ecumenical reasons but also to restore what was deficient or lacking in the life of the Church from its tradition In the event, as might have been predicted, the, reaction against the Tridentine Church produced a new imbalance.
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 Reasons for the Second Vatican Council by Stephen Hand, Traditional Catholic Reflections & Reports, Stephen Hand Editor ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The new Mass, as the Council fathers envisioned it, was never intended to be an innovation, as the progressives would have liked, but as a sublime instance of resourcement, that is a returning to the sources of its substantial simplicity in keeping with the Church's oldest traditions.
Thus the council was called to both guard and more efficaciously proclaim the dogmas of the Church, given the unprecedented technological advances of the day and their very complex implications.
The salient point of this council is not, therefore, a discussion of one article or another of the fundamental doctrine of the Church which has repeatedly been taught by the fathers and by ancient and modern theologians, and which is presumed to be well known and familiar to all.
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 Q. 6:  What are Catholics to think of Vatican II?
The Second Vatican Council was a meeting of the world’s bishops for four sessions between October 11, 1962, and December 8, 1965.
The documents of Vatican II are referred to by their introductory Latin words, or by the initials of these.
More gravely, the Council was hijacked by the liberal elements within the Church, who from the very beginning schemed to have rejected the pre-Conciliar preparatory schemas and replaced by progressive ones prepared by their own “experts.” The liberals were also able to get their members onto the Council Commissions.
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 What did the Second Vatican Council do for us? by Fr. Ian Ker
The Council's teaching on the role of the laity has, paradoxically, led to a certain clericalisation of the laity, and bishops have often given the impression that the way to implement the decree on the laity is to build up as large a bureaucracy as possible and set up innumerable committees and commissions.
In spite of the Council's call for a renewal of the rite of reconciliation, the practice of confession has catastrophically declined; some claim that the answer is general absolution, but sacraments are personal not collective.
I remember a newspaper article by Bishop BC Butler in the Seventies to the effect that Vatican II could not be implemented until the older generation that was too set in its ways to really accept the Council had passed away.
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 The Second Vatican Council and Catholicism.
The ethic of Vatican II is the common religious error of assuming that hugging sin is the answer instead of the difficult path which Christ taught.
Vatican II occurred because the realities inside the church door were not mixing with the realities outside the church door.
The Council also said that the people would be more involved in the primary ritual, which was being called the mass, but was then called the liturgy.
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 Second Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council, the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic church, was announced by Pope John XXIII on Jan. 25, 1959.
The Second Vatican Council was the 21st ecumenical council recognized by the Roman Catholic church, which became the symbol of the church's openness to the modern world.
The council was ecumenical in its outreach to non-Catholic Christians (represented by observers from twenty-eight denominations) and humble in relation to non-Christian religions.
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 CATHOLIC LIBRARY: The 21 Ecumenical Councils
Summary: The Third General Council of Constantinople, under Pope Agatho and the Emperor Constantine Pogonatus, was attended by the Patriarchs of Constantinople and of Antioch, 174 bishops, and the emperor.
Summary: The Second Council of Nicaea was convoked by Emperor Constantine VI and his mother Irene, under Pope Adrian I, and was presided over by the legates of Pope Adrian; it regulated the veneration of holy images.
The Council of Constance was held during the great Schism of the West, with the object of ending the divisions in the Church.
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 The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council - Dedicated to "The Immaculate".
From the beginning, the Second Vatican Council has shown that the great majority of the bishops are concerned with the pastoral needs of the Church.
The First Vatican Council, ending so abruptly in 1870, is known as the Pope's Council, for it defined the dogma of papal infallibility and stressed the supremacy of the Holy See.
The Council Fathers decided to submit this question to the Pope for a ruling, and expressed the hope that this ruling would be given in advance of the promulgation of the reform in Canon Law.
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 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Second Vatican Council and the Holy Eucharist
From the opening paragraphs of the Second Vatican Council, one discovers a renewed emphasis upon the Holy Eucharist as the central focus in the Church's prayer life.
For if one accepts the Papal teachings of Paul VI and John Paul II as authoritative in interpreting the Council, one must accept that the perpetuation of Eucharistic devotion outside of Mass is entirely founded in the renewal intended by the Second Vatican Council.
In short, the Second Vatican Council summarizes the effects of the Holy Eucharist as the source and summit of the Catholic spiritual life.
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 Fr. Hardon Archives - The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan - The Second Vatican Council
John A. Hardon, S.J. The twenty-first ecumenical council of the Catholic Church was first announced by Pope John XXIII on January 25, 1959.
He opened the council on October 11, 1962, and closed the first session on December 8 of the same year.
The best English translation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council is the one edited by Austin Flannery, O.P. In his introductory preface, Cardinal John Wright stated, "It is the collection of Council documents and their authentic interpretation that is indispensable for the serious student."
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 Second Vatican Council
Paul VI Its announced purpose was spiritual renewal of the church and reconsideration of the position of the church in the modern world.
The most spectacular innovation of the council, which convened Oct. 11, 1962, was the invitation extended to Protestant and Orthodox Eastern churches to send observers; the meetings were attended by representatives from many of those churches.
Pope Paul VI opened Session IV (Sept.–Dec., 1965) with the announcement that he was establishing an episcopal synod to assist the pope in governing the church.
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 Catholic News Service - Vatican II at 40
Forty years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, the deep transformation it set in motion continues to reverberate through the church at every level.
Three current U.S. bishops and a noted church historian remember their roles as scholarly experts appointed to assist the council's deliberations.
When Pope John XXIII died, the council had barely begun, but his successor reaffirmed the goal of church renewal.
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 Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae
The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, which gradually took form in the second millennium under the guidance of the Spirit of God, is a prayer loved by countless Saints and encouraged by the Magisterium.
Consequently, while it must be reaffirmed with the Second Vatican Council that the Liturgy, as the exercise of the priestly office of Christ and an act of public worship, is “the summit to which the activity of the Church is directed and the font from which all its power flows”,
This is the great affirmation of the Second Vatican Council which I have so often discussed in my own teaching since the Encyclical Letter Redemptor Hominis: “it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man is seen in its true light”.
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 Second Vatican Council --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Those who had come to that conclusion were compelled to revise it by the pontificate of John XXIII (1958–63) and by the second Vatican Council...
Presents the story of the Vatican Library as the intellectual driving force behind the emergence of Rome as a political and scholarly superpower during the Renaissance.
Documents from the First Council of Constantinople (The Second Ecumenical Council), A.D. Documents from the ecumenical council of A.D. 381, with interpretive commentary from Henry R. Percival, ed., The Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church.
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 The Second Vatican Council
This is the second in our series on Vatican II, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Council on December 8, 2005.
the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is being solemnly opened here beside St. Peter’s tomb.” The Holy Father looked to the glories of the past, the authority and dignity of the Church through the ages—familiar and comfortable territory for his listeners.
The presentations made by the various Council Fathers ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous to the merely tedious; and they dragged on to the point that John XXIII (who, though he was not present in the Council Hall, was watching the proceedings on closed-circuit television) had to intervene.
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 Ut unum sint - Ioannes Paulus PP. II - Encyclical Letter (1995.05.25)
The Council states that the Church of Christ "subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him", and at the same time acknowledges that "many elements of sanctification and of truth can be found outside her visible structure.
The Council made this acknowledgement in the conviction that legitimate diversity is in no way opposed to the Church's unity, but rather enhances her splendour and contributes greatly to the fulfilment of her mission.
From the reaffirmation of an already existing communion of faith, the Second Vatican Council drew pastoral consequences which are useful for the everyday life of the faithful and for the promotion of the spirit of unity.
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