Category Archives: Vatican II

It Is Now Only Dawn

From St John XXIII’s opening address to the Second Vatican Council, 59 years ago today: The Council now beginning rises in the Church like daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light. It is now only dawn. And already at this … Continue reading

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Which God?

A new visitor takes Catholic teaching to task about the God of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It’s not a new take. The Catholic baseline can be found in Nostra Aetate, the 1965 conciliar Declaration in the Relation of the Church … Continue reading

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That Takeover Of Europe

I was noticing on social media some comment about a Muslim takeover of Europe. Falling birthrates, immigration, sadness over the fading influence of Christianity. Stuff like that. It seems that every so often, a commentator drops in on this site … Continue reading

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Struggles With Vatican II

In the old days here, occasionally, we’d get a comment that I’d pull out for its own post. Most traditionalist-leaning Catholics have given up on this site. But every so often someone new stumbles in and finds something objectionable. On … Continue reading

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Vatican II Documents In Sidebar

The Vatican II documents are all in respective pages on the sidebar, and at the top of the page here as well. The links on each page should be functional to each post, and permit a reader to more easily … Continue reading

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More Documents

The Vatican II bishops issued four constitutions, nine decrees, and three declarations. The four constitutions are considered the foundation works of the Council. They are joined in the sidebar by three declarations now, the ones on relations with non-Christian religions, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes Up

Six down, ten to go. Introducing the newlyt organized page for Ad Gentes. Over the years, Neil and I have contributed a handful of essays on many of the Vatican II documents. But not on Ad Gentes, at least none that … Continue reading

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Another Vatican II Page Up

Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World is the last of the Big Four conciliar documents to have a fully linked page of edited posts. The page can be accessed through the header, … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Three

Dei Verbum now joins the constitutions on the Church and liturgy as documents with open pages on this site. Check the header above and the side bar to the right. Every post of those three documents has been cleaned up, … Continue reading

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A Page for Sacrosanctum Concilium

Sacrosanctum Concilium has joined the list of pages in the header and on the sidebar. I will be cleaning up the individual posts over the next few days, editing out some extraneous remarks and standardizing the format. Feel free to … Continue reading

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Some Site Organization

Posting here might be a bit lighter over the summer. But I will be putting more work into other features here. Many years ago, we examined the Vatican II documents in section-by-section detail. Neil or I also added the occasional … Continue reading

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A Bishop Is More Than Employer

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to The Tablet with a legal defense for a British diocese: The diocese of Portsmouth this week insisted that a priest accused of abusing a child was employed “in the service” of God, not by … Continue reading

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Eric Stoltz has a really fine effort brewing. Go visit Conciliaria. From the site: Welcome to Conciliaria, where you can relive the moving and hope-filled days of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council, … Continue reading

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The Church as Sacrament of Hope?

(This is Neil) Some of the last words of Gaudium et Spes– the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World – read: By thus giving witness to the truth, we will share with others the … Continue reading

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Continuity: A Careful Consideration

Many writers, with perhaps Pope Benedict foremost among them, have written of the value of continuity in liturgy, especially in liturgical reform. I don’t wish to dismiss the virtue of continuity out of hand, but I would like to put … Continue reading

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