Vatican II Documents

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) produced sixteen documents to begin the implementation of church reform. This page links the Vatican web site for each document, as well as the pages here on Catholic Sensibility.

Four Constitutions:

  • For the liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Vatican and here
  • For the Church, Lumen Gentium, Vatican and here
  • For divine revelation, Scripture and tradition, Dei Verbum, Vatican and here
  • For the Church and the modern world, Gaudium et Spes, Vatican and here

Nine Decrees

  • On missionary activity and evangelization, Ad Gentes, Vatican and here
  • On lay people, Apostolicam Actuositatem, Vatican and here
  • On bishops, Christus Dominus, Vatican and here
  • On priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis, Vatican and here
  • On the training of priests, Optatam Totius, Vatican and here
  • On religious life, Perfectae Caritatis, Vatican and here
  • On ecumenism–the relationships with non-Catholic Christians, Unitatis Redintegratio, Vatican and here
  • On Eastern Catholic Churches, Orientalium Ecclesiarum, Vatican and here
  • On social communication, Inter Mirifica, Vatican and here

Three Declarations

  • On Christian education, Gravissimum Educationis, Vatican and here
  • On interfaith relations, Nostra Aetate, Vatican and here
  • On religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican and here

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