Second Vatican Council

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Noun1.Second Vatican Council - the Vatican Council in 1962-1965 that abandoned the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledged ecumenism and made other reforms
Vatican Council - each of two councils of the Roman Catholic Church
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Catholics in charge of building or remodelling a church were led to believe that these new ideas stemmed from the Second Vatican Council, when actually the Council said nothing about them; and also led to believe that a work Environment and Art in Catholic Worship published by a committee of the American bishops was actually published by the Bishops' National Conference.
Paul, while John Paul I and John Paul II chose their names to honor the legacy of the two popes of the Second Vatican Council. Legend has it, however, that Karol Wojtyla originally wanted to take the name Stanislaus after an 11th-century Polish bishop who was murdered by Poland's excommunicated king, a choice that might have indicated Wojtyla's opposition to the communist authorities in his homeland.
The opening of the Second Vatican Council shortly thereafter overshadowed everything that had gone before and the 1961 instruction was less and less observed as the years passed.
Then, quite unexpectedly, came a warming season in the form of the Second Vatican Council, convened by the second John XXIII in 1962.
Vatican City -- Here is a message Benedict XVI wrote for the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration Nostra aetate:
But perhaps most unknown about Tolkien is that he was an editor of The Jerusalem Bible, published in 1966 just after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. He is listed as one of 27 "principal collaborators in translation and literary revision." This translation of the Bible worked hard to merge scholarly accuracy with appealing rhetoric.
In response to misunderstandings of the Second Vatican Council by the laity, and lack of leadership by the Catholic hierarchy, she wrote a provocative magazine article entitled "What do you do when your Church leaves you?" Subsequently she wrote two books dealing with the issues she had raised--The Gates of Hell in 1975 and The Desolate City in 1986.
The reforms of the Second Vatican Council, especially the abandonment of the Tridentine Mass, presented traditionalists with what they saw as an inescapable problem.
Archibishop Charles Chaput of Denver offered this commentary on the Second Vatican Council. Posted at the archdiocesan Web site,, it was adapted from his September 27, 2005, talk on "The Council, the Church and the Vocation of Bishops." The Second Vatican Council closed this December forty years ago.
The ideas of these three men at first diverged from church authority and then converged at the Second Vatican Council. Like Jesus, they dashed with the established religious authorities of their day.
Rome -- Archbishop William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated recently that the present translations of the documents of the Second Vatican Council are "imprecise." He hopes that for the Council's 50th anniversary in 2015, "a careful official translation of the Council documents will be made in the main languages." To date, there is no official translation of Vatican II documents.
But in 1965 the Second Vatican Council took a fresh look at the church's posture toward civil governments and implicitly affirmed the separation of church and state in the Declaration on Religious Liberty.