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Vatican II Counsil

When was the Council called? January 25, 1959
Who called the council? Pope John XXIII
What was its purpose? - renew and reform the religious life of Catholics - bring the Church into the modern world - unite all Christians
What were the threats to the world at the time? - cold war and communism - nuclear weapons - growing gap between rich and poor - questioning of traditional authority
How many sessions was the council divided into? 4
What issues were considered on the first session? - liturgy - mass communications - the Eastern Catholic churches - the nature of revelation
Second session? - define the nature of the Church as mystery - to reform the Church, especially the liturgy - to restore unity among all Christians, including seeking pardon for Catholic contributions to separation - engage in dialogue with the contemporary world
What proposals were worked through and approved on the third session? - Schemata on ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio), - the official view on Protestant and Eastern Orthodox "separated brethren" - the Eastern Rite churches (Orientalium Ecclesiarum) - the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church (Lumen Gentium
What documents were developed at the fourth session? - decree on religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae - Church in the modern world, Gaudium et Spes, - decrees on missionary activity, Ad Gentes - ministry and life of priests, Presbyterorum Ordinis.
Who was involved? - Orthodox and Protestant groups - Women from religious orders - Laity – both men and women (by the third session women were placed on committees working on the documents) - Journalists from around the world
Created by: Hillary.johnson



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