VATICAN II (1962- 1965)
Pope John XXIII, voicing an urgency for this Council, said it was time to "open up the windows" of the Church and "let in some fresh air."
"At the outset of the Second Vatican Council, it is evident, as always, that the truth of the Lord will remain forever. We see, in fact, as one age succeeds another, that the opinions of men follow one another and exclude each other. And often errors vanish as quickly as they arise, like fog before the sun. The Church has always opposed these errors. Frequently she has condemned them with the greatest severity. Nowadays however, the Spouse of Christ prefers to make use of the medicine of mercy rather than that of severity. She consider that she meets the needs of the present day by demonstrating the validity of her teaching rather than by condemnations."
~ Pope John XXIII
Opening Speech at the Council
October 11, 1962
The Second Vatican Council (also known as Vatican II) addressed relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world. It was the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church and the second to be held at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. It opened under Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI on December 8, 1965. Of those who took part in the council's opening session, four have become pontiffs to date: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini, who on succeeding Pope John XXIII took the name of Paul VI; Bishop Albino Luciani, the future Pope John Paul I; Bishop Karol Wojtyła, who became Pope John Paul II; and Father Joseph Ratzinger, present as a theological consultant, who became Pope Benedict XVI.
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ALL 16 VATICAN II DOCUMENTS
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Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963.
Dogmatic Constitution On the Church, 1964.
Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation, 1965.
Pastoral Constitution On the Church In the Modern World,1965.
Declaration On Religious Freedom, 1965.
Declaration On Christian Education, 1965.
Declaration On the Relation Of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, 1965.
Decree On the Means of Social Communication, 1963.
Decree On the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite,1964.
Decree on Ecumenism, 1964.
Decree On the Mission Activity of the Church, 1965.
Decree On the Apostolate of the Laity, 1965.
Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops In the Church, 1965.
Decree On Priestly Training, 1965.
Decree On Renewal of Religious Life, 1965.
Decree On the Ministry and Life of Priests, 1965.