Interesting discussion at PrayTell about that conference at Georgetown on Vatican II. Naturally, the h-word makes an appearance.
I think the importance of Vatican II has yet to be noted. If it proves to be the spark that brings a measure of unity to Christendom, then it will easily overshadow Trent, which did little more for the universal Church than draw certain boundaries. But it did what it could with the tools it had available at the time.
My sense is that a so-called pastoral council is superior to a dogmatic one. The Church as a whole does not live on the level of pronouncements and theology, important as these may be. We live for mercy, love, and hope. On that note, perhaps Christianity’s greatest councils are still in the future.