Archive for tag: Second Vatican Council

Archive pour tag : Second Vatican Council

Cardinals in conflict

The recent elevation of 44 new cardinals may have seemed to show that for the Catholic Church, it was business as usual. In reality the ceremony marked a radical break. For this first consistory of the new millennium was at the same time a farewell ceremony for a whole era — the era of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The eminent prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), that capable and controversial guardian of Roman Catholic orthodoxy, had enjoyed a monopoly of spiritual power under papal primacy. Now that was challenged. The consistory was both an individual personal drama and an institutional setback to Roman centralism.
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Posted: April 28, 2001 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6706
Categories: The TabletIn this article: church, ecclesiology, Joseph Ratzinger, Second Vatican Council, theology, Walter Kasper
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : church, ecclesiology, Joseph Ratzinger, Second Vatican Council, theology, Walter Kasper


Secret deals and stonewalling

Bernard Daly was a Canadian journalist standing probably 15 feet in front of Pope John XXIII when the pontiff announced on Oct. 13, 1962, that the Second Vatican Council was about to change the modern world for Catholics.

“I had been a journalist for 14 years, writing about public events and commenting on them,” says Daly, “but the assignment to cover Vatican II as the only English-speaking Canadian journalist was a complete surprise and, in reality, such an honour.

“There he was, on a raised platform in the Sistine Chapel, in front of 1,000 journalists, with that beautiful face and jovial attitude, and none of us knew really what to expect. He spoke in French, I could follow well enough, and the texts were supplied in English later. And what he was telling us was that we should tell the truth, the whole truth, about what was going to happen during the council.”
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Posted: November 15, 2003 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6218
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Catholic, church history, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, church history, Second Vatican Council


Unity on a knife edge

The Christian Churches face a crisis in ecumenism. Before rapprochement with other faiths becomes possible, they must overcome their own differences

There are four areas which are crucial to Christianity within the next 20 years and which have to be faced by all Christians. They will certainly be among the main challenges facing the next pope.

The first is the de-christianisation of Europe. How extraordinary that in the space of 50 years the secularist culture of Europe should have gained such sway, especially at a time when, around the world, the Enlightenment prediction that religion would become merely a private affair seems to have been so misplaced. The rise of an assertive Islam, with all its huge challenges, speaks for itself, as does the new popularity of religious practice in the former Soviet Union. The crucial 2 per cent or 3 per cent margin which handed victory to President Bush is being attributed to the newly galvanised ranks of evangelical Christians in the United States. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Churches are expanding fast. Even in our old, tired Europe, religious belief is exerting a new fascination among the young, as is evident in the increased take-up of RE at A-level and theology at university.
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Posted: November 20, 2004 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6676
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Second Vatican Council


Research centre to mine insights of Vatican II

A new research centre at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University will study the contribution Canadians made to Vatican II as well as how the Council has shaped religious communities here.

A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism launched Oct. 13. It will examine ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in contemporary society and look at issues of progress and decline in the Catholic community.

“I hope we find a way to help contemporary young Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians to understand the commitment and the opening of the Catholic Church to the world, to contemporary society and to contemporary issues,” said Saint Paul theology professor Catherine Clifford, one of Centre’s co-founders, in an interview.
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Posted: October 13, 2011 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6971
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council


Vatican II treasure hunt: Committee seeks bishops’ notes, diaries

With a view toward the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a pontifical committee has launched a worldwide treasure hunt.

Many of the more than 2,800 cardinals and bishops who participated in all or part of the 1962-65 council kept diaries, or at least notes; some wrote articles for their diocesan newspapers and most — in the days before emails and relatively cheap trans-Atlantic phone calls — wrote letters home.

The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences is asking church archivists, and even the family members of deceased council fathers, to look through their papers to find reflections that can add a personal touch to the historical research already conducted on the official acts of the council.
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Posted: December 4, 2011 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7009
Categories: CNSIn this article: Second Vatican Council
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Canadian influence unmistakable at Vatican II

A group of Canadian bishops who took part in the Second Vatican Council walk through St. Peter’s Square, including, third from left, the future Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter, Archbishop Philip Pocock to his left, and Carter’s brother Alexander, bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Photo courtesy of the Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of TorontoRome on Oct. 11, 1962, but the drama started in Canada Aug. 17 that year.

For a year and a half Cardinal Paul-Emile Leger, archbishop of Montreal, had been one of a handful of cardinals on the central preparatory commission of the council. It had met seven times between June 1961 and the feast of Pentecost, 1962. And then Leger received his book of draft documents assembled by curial officials in Rome.

Leger was not pleased with what he saw. On Aug. 17 he launched a “supplique” — a letter of petition — addressed directly to Pope John XXIII. Leger told the Pope in no uncertain terms the documents prepared in Rome were unworkable, impractical and simply wrong. They were wrong in their tone, their language and their limited vision. The council must present the traditional faith of the Church pastorally. For Leger, it was imperative the council find new modes of expression. Leger’s “supplique” eventu­ally gathered the signatures of a number of heavyweights in the College of Cardinals.
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Posted: October 6, 2012 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7024
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: CCCB, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : CCCB, Second Vatican Council


The movers and shakers behind the Second Vatican Council

The bishops at the Second Vatican Council seated in St. Peter's Basilica. Photo: L'Osservatore RomanoThe Second Vatican Council was the biggest stage in the history of the Church. There were more bishops present than at any the 20 previous councils stretching from the First Council of Nicaea in 325 to the First Vatican Council of 1870. And the bishops present came from more countries, more cultures, more languages than the Church had ever experienced.

While all the bishops were equal, some were a little more equal. Then there were the theological experts that pre-eminent cardinals and bishops brought with them (peritii in Latin, the official language of the council). They played a significant role.
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Posted: October 7, 2012 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7028
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Second Vatican Council
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Respect and difference: interreligious dialogue since Vatican II

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the FaithFifty years after the Second Vatican Council launched a new Catholic commitment to interreligious dialogue, work continues on clarifying the church’s attitudes toward other religions. While some Catholics still look on other religions with disdain, other Catholics seem to believe Vatican II taught that all religions were equally valid paths to God and to the fullness of truth. The new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith recently said both extremes are wrong. Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, gave a speech in Assisi in late October in which he tried to explain the differences between Catholic respect for every religion’s honest search for God and the error of thinking Christianity has nothing essential to add.
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Posted: November 1, 2012 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=2277
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, interfaith, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, interfaith, Second Vatican Council


Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the Faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience.” The document – titled “Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations (30th June 1988 – 27th June 2013)” – is signed by Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Alfonso de Galarreta.
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Posted: June 27, 2013 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6446
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, schism, Second Vatican Council, Society of St. Pius X
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De Margerie lecture connects liturgy with ecumenism

Fr Bernard de Margerie and Rev Dr Karen Westerfield Tucker, the third De Margerie lecturer, at the evening lecture, January 20. The De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity is named in honour of Fr Bernard. Photo: Kiply Lukan YaworskiConnections between liturgical renewal and the ecumenical movement were explored in a public lecture Jan. 20 at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon.

The evening presentation during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was part of the third annual De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity, sponsored by STM, the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and named in honour of local ecumenical pioneer Rev. Bernard de Margerie. The 2014 series also included a public workshop about music and prayer (see related article) and a workshop for clergy and lay ministry leaders about baptism.

In the public lecture, speaker Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker described connections between liturgy and dialogue as an “ecumenism of life.”

A presbyter in the United Methodist Church and professor of worship at Boston University who serves on the international Methodist-Roman Catholic dialogue, Westerfield Tucker began with a look at the impact of the Second Vatican Council on ecumenism and liturgy, for both Catholics and non-Catholics.

“Many non-Catholic communities engaged in their own bold ventures of liturgical reform in the years following the council,” said Westerfield Tucker.
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Posted: January 28, 2015 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7974
Categories: NewsIn this article: De Margerie Series, ecumenism, liturgy, Saskatoon, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : De Margerie Series, ecumenism, liturgy, Saskatoon, Second Vatican Council