Vatican II

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Catholic Unity & Crisis in the Church – Henri de Lubac

The concluding section from an address on Crisis in the Church given by Henri de Lubac, SJ, at the University of St. Louis on May, 29, 1969.  Here de Lubac emphasizes the indispensable pre-conditions of authentic renewal are personal love of Jesus Christ and commitment...

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Reading the Documents of Vatican II

Many have a strong opinion have Vatican II, but few have actually read the documents produced by the Second Vatican Council.  These non-academic documents were intended to be read by ordinary people and actually provide vision, inspiration and spiritual nourishment.  What follows is an overview...

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Homily on the Church in the Modern World-Joseph Ratzinger

This is a homily given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger a month prior to his election as Pope Benedict XVI (March 18, 2005) at St. Peter's Basilica.  It address the meaning and importance of Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the...

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Authority of Vatican II same as Trent – Ratzinger

“It must be stated that Vatican II is upheld by the same authority as Vatican I and the Council of Trent, namely, the Pope and the College of Bishops in communion with him, and that also with regard to its contents, Vatican II is in...

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Unfinished Business of Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council is often called a pastoral council since it issued so many practical directives for the renewal of the day to day life of the church.  Many of the objectives of the council fathers have been implemented since Vatican II's close in...

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Church, Paradox &Mystery – Henri de Lubac

Henri de Lubac, one of the great Catholic theologians of the 20th Century, made great contributions to the documents of the Second Vatican Council.  Here is an essay by him on the Church as a paradox and mystery. [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n his journeying...