Category Archives: Vatican II Musings

Dignitatis Humanae at 50

Originally at: http://arcoftheuniverse.info/dignitatis-humanae-at-50 by Daniel Philpott This coming December 7th, the Catholic Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Liberty. Of all of the Council’s teachings, Dignitatis Humanae evoked the … Continue reading

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“What of Atheism,” says the Church?

Originally at: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_cons_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html by Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes 19. The root reason for human dignity lies in man’s call to communion with God. From the very circumstance of his origin man is already invited to converse with God. For man … Continue reading

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OK, so what sort of renewal did Vatican II prescribe?

Pope Francis recently insisted once again on the importance of implementing the renewal called for by the Second Vatican Council. Unfortunately, every time I insist (with the last five popes) that the Second Vatican Council gave us the program of … Continue reading

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Evangelical Catholicism for Christophobic times

By Guest Blogger George Weigel I’ve travelled from inner-city parishes to the corridors of the Vatican; from the barrios of Bogota to the streets of Dublin; across the United States and throughout Europe, Latin America, Oceania and the Holy Land. … Continue reading

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Vatican II’s Lay Genius

By Guest Blogger Tom Neal This post began with a hope to simply offer a few brief thoughts on an interview I heard, but as you see my meandering mind got the best of me. Like most of my posts it’s … Continue reading

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A Pope’s Council reminiscences

By Guest Blogger Pope Benedict XVI It was a splendid day on 11 October 1962 when the Second Vatican Council opened with the solemn procession into St Peter’s Basilica in Rome of more than two thousand Council Fathers. In 1931 … Continue reading

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B16: Post-Vat II in Sum

Pope Benedict held a meeting on October 12 with the surviving bishops who had been participants in the Second Vatican Council. In his inimitable way, he made a comment to them that seemed to sum up the genuine future of … Continue reading

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