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50th Anniversary of Vatican II

 "It taught us to live in a new world"
After 50 years, what is legacy of the Council, should Vatican II be celebrated or lived? An interview with Jesuit historian and theologian, John W. O’Malley, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington.

 'The Spirit Is Still on the Job'
On October 11, 1963, Bishop Luigi Bettazzi addressed the Second Vatican Council on the need for collegiality. He was the newest bishop participant, having been consecrated only a week before, and, at thirty-nine, he was also one of the youngest. Now eighty-nine, Bettazzi is the most active of the five surviving Italian participants, keeping faith with the council by writing and lecturing about it tirelessly.

 A Change of Season
The first turning point of Vatican II
Robert J. Nogosek, C.S.C., recalls the early days of Vatican II and a crucial moment that set the tone for the rest of the Council.

 A Remarkable Inside History of Vatican II
A review by Sr. Judith Miryam Boneski, O.P. of Yves Congar's My Journal of the Council. Pope John XXIII personally chose French Dominican priest and theologian, Yves Congar (1904-1995), as a theological consultant for the preparatory work for the Council. Fr. Congar’s contributions were not limited to his subsequent role as peritus (theological expert) to the French bishops. He gave lectures, was consulted widely, authored books and articles, and managed a daunting correspondence. His journal entries show the staggering workload.

 Aggiornamento 2012
The legacy of Vatican II remains in dispute. The reforms of the council, not to mention the call to continual reform, cannot be taken for granted. The successful appropriation of the Second Vatican Council requires that the people of God continue their pilgrim journey, aware that we move in contested terrain.

 An Active Presence
The liturgical vision of Vatican II 50 years later Dec. 3, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” (“Sacrosanctum Concilium”). Arguably the most practical outcome of that extraordinary event in the life of the church, the reform and renewal of Catholic liturgy is something whose meaning is still debated, as a number of recent studies have shown.

 Assessing the Council
In an archive interview from the 2010 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Richard Gaillardetz examines the successes and the still yet unrealized goals of the Second Vatican Council. Should Catholics today focus anew on implementing the Council's vision, or instead turn outward to evangelize the culture? Or perhaps, fifty years after Vatican II, is a followup council needed to address the questions - like the role of lay ministers and women in the church - not taken up by the Council fathers?

 At Vatican II, 50 years ago...
In a massive display of solemn ecclesiastical pomp, hundreds upon hundreds of elaborately robed leaders of the Catholic Church strode into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome a half-century ago Thursday. It signaled the start of a historic three-year assembly that would change the way members of the world’s largest Christian denomination viewed themselves, their church and the rest of the world.

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