Category Archives: Vatican II documents

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

Posted in Commentary, Nostra Aetate, spirituality | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Nostra Aetate, social media | Tagged | 9 Comments

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

Posted in Vatican II documents | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Ad Gentes, evangelization | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II documents | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Vatican II documents | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Sacrosanctum Concilium, Vatican II documents | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in The Blogosphere, Vatican II documents | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Christus Dominus, Ministry, Other Places, sex abuse | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Gaudium et Spes, Neil | Leave a comment

Interfaith Dialogue, A Point

The young miss was running late this morning, so on the drive to school I heard NPR’s spot on Pope Benedict’s letter to an Italian conservative author casting doubt, supposedly, on interfaith dialogue. The NYT has a cryptic summary, and … Continue reading

Posted in Church News, Ministry, Nostra Aetate | 6 Comments

Archbishop Foley on Inter Mirifica

Before we got into the series on Inter Mirifica (see sidebar for the complete set of posts) I noted Zenit’s publication of this talk by Archbishop John Foley on use of the media. Foley was speaking to new bishops last … Continue reading

Posted in Inter Mirifica, Ministry | Leave a comment

Ad Gentes 41

It’s a good way to go out with our examination of the documents of Vatican II. We conclude Ad Gentes with a discussion of the role of the laity in promoting and supporting the work of the missions. Lay(women and) … Continue reading

Posted in Ad Gentes | Leave a comment

Ad Gentes 40

Ad Gentes turns to the role of men and women religious who are not explicitly missionaries: Religious institutes of the contemplative and of the active life have so far played, and still do play, the main role in the evangelization … Continue reading

Posted in Ad Gentes | Leave a comment

Ad Gentes 39

Ad Gentes addresses the role of the parish priest. If any clergy wish to offer input on this section, feel free to do so. Priests personally represent Christ, and are collaborators of the order of bishops in that threefold sacred … Continue reading

Posted in Ad Gentes | Leave a comment