Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II

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October 11, 2012, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Perhaps more than any other event in recent years, Vatican II can define a generation, an attitude, an outlook, an understanding of both the Church and the world, perhaps even an understanding of faith itself. The Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II explores the world to which the council was reacting, the direction that changed the Church forever to be a sign of joy and hope, and how its spirit is very much a part of ...
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Overview


October 11, 2012, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Perhaps more than any other event in recent years, Vatican II can define a generation, an attitude, an outlook, an understanding of both the Church and the world, perhaps even an understanding of faith itself. The Catholic Update Guide to Vatican II explores the world to which the council was reacting, the direction that changed the Church forever to be a sign of joy and hope, and how its spirit is very much a part of the Church today as Catholics continue to experience the implications of its teachings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616365769
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Series: Catholic Update Guides
  • Pages: 54
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


MARY CAROL KENDZIA is a director of product development at Franciscan Media. She is the author of The 5 W's of Our Catholic Faith: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How We Live It, and coauthor of I Like Being in Parish Ministry: Music.
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Table of Contents

About This Series v

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 The World of Vatican II 1

Chapter 2 Trends of Vatican II 9

Chapter 3 Todays Church: A Look in the Mirror 17

Chapter 4 Called to Be a Sign of Joy and Hope 27

Chapter 5 Our Compass for the Future 37

Conclusion 49

Sources 53

Contributors 54

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

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    Vatican II then and now

    This concise little primer is packed with information on the Second Vatican Council, which took place from 1962 to 1965. The book, edited by Carol Kendzia, takes us from the pre-council stirrings through the immediate and long-term results. Each chapter is enriched with subheadings and questions for reflection. The setting for the Council was a period of immense cultural change throughout the world, but especially in the West, influenced primarily by the automobile, air travel, radio, and TV. The Update guide reviews the four council sessions and major changes including more dynamic liturgies, a newly defined role for the laity, greater emphasis on scripture, and increased interest in social justice. Kendzia contrasts the years before the council (“Latin Mass, clericalism, a closed Catholic ghetto”) to the post-Vatican II world marked by “participation in liturgy, parish collaboration, an openness to the world.” She summarizes the Council’s main documents, the Four Constitutions dealing with (1) the sacred liturgy, (2) divine revelation, (3) the Church, itself, and (4) its role in the modern world. Kendzia does not neglect the fact that some Catholics, especially those who were adults during the sixties, reacted negatively to the changes. She also mentions today’s “strong current of thought and action aimed at gradually recentralizing the church.” At the same time, she writes that the spirit of the Second Vatican Council “is very much a part of the Church today, as we continue to explore the implications of its teachings.” This concise little primer is packed with information on the Second Vatican Council, which took place from 1962 to 1965. The book, edited by Carol Kendzia, takes us from the pre-council stirrings through the immediate and long-term results. Each chapter is enriched with subheadings and questions for reflection. The setting for the Council was a period of immense cultural change throughout the world, but especially in the West, influenced primarily by the automobile, air travel, radio, and TV. The Update guide reviews the four council sessions and major changes including more dynamic liturgies, a newly defined role for the laity, greater emphasis on scripture, and increased interest in social justice. Kendzia contrasts the years before the council (“Latin Mass, clericalism, a closed Catholic ghetto”) to the post-Vatican II world marked by “participation in liturgy, parish collaboration, an openness to the world.” She summarizes the Council’s main documents, the Four Constitutions dealing with (1) the sacred liturgy, (2) divine revelation, (3) the Church, itself, and (4) its role in the modern world. Kendzia does not neglect the fact that some Catholics, especially those who were adults during the sixties, reacted negatively to the changes. She also mentions today’s “strong current of thought and action aimed at gradually recentralizing the church.” At the same time, she writes that the spirit of the Second Vatican Council “is very much a part of the Church today, as we continue to explore the implications of its teachings.”

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