The SecondVaticanCouncil helped reconcile Catholics to the modern
world. For the fi rst time, they celebrated mass in their own languages,
and for the fi rst time they were entreated to think of other religions as
sources of truth and grace. The most authoritative voice of the church— an
ecumenical council— surrendered the idea that the state or any other in-
stitution should force people to become Catholic. It spoke of the church
as “people of God,” strengthened the position of the laity, and suggested
a more collegial— and democratic— ordering of
TIMELINE OF THE SECONDVATICANCOUNCIL1
Preparing for the Council, 1958–61
1958 Oct. 9 Pius XII dies.
Oct. 28 John XXIII is elected pope.
1959 Jan. 25 John XXIII calls for a Council.
May 17 John XXIII appoints an Ante-Preparatory Commission, headed
by Cardinal Tardini, to consult bishops about the agenda.
1960 June 4 John XXIII issues a motu proprio (administrative document) es-
tablishing eleven commissions and two secretariats for Vatican
II, which begin drafting the preparatory schemas.
1961 June Holy Office (Cardinal Ottaviani) suspends Stanislas
CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE SECONDVATICANCOUNCIL
C atholic participation in the southern civil rights movement culmi-
nated at Selma in March 1965. Selma's tiny Catholic population
was strictly segregated, with African-Americans and whites worshiping at
separate parishes. (One attempt at integration of the city's "white" parish
by a group of African-American Catholic teenagers met with fierce resis-
tance.)' The white resident most active in the local civil rights movement
was Father Maurice Ouellet, an Edmundite priest and pastor of St. Eliza-
’Église universelle , (Intelligence de la foi), Paris 1971. Milciades F.R., La eclesiologia pneumatologica de Yves Congar en los escritos del periodo post-conciliar , Roma 2013. Nissiotis N.A., Is the Vatican Council Really Ecumenical? , „The Ecumenical Review” 16 (07/1964) 4, s. 357–377. Nissiotis N.A., Report on the SecondVaticanCouncil , „The Ecumenical Review” 18 (04/1966) 2, s. 190–206. Nissiotis N.A., The Main Ecclesiological Problem of the SecondVaticanCouncil and the Position of the Non-Roman Churches Facing It , „Journal of Ecumenical Studies” 2 (01/1965) 1, s. 31
Mar Thoma Yogam
The St. Thomas Christian Fellowship - Rome
THE ORIENTAL CHURCHES
IN INDIA :TWENTY YEARS
AFTER THE SECONDVATICANCOUNCIL*
This extraordinary Synod of Bishops convened to evaluate the
implementation and impact of the II Vatican Council, is expected to
play a vital role in the life and activity of the Church. We, the members
of 'Mar Thoma Yogam'1 , present before the Pastors of the Church
certain reflections on the situation of the Oriental Churches in India.
These reflections are prompted by the non-implementation of
Whom Does the Priest Represent? The Theology
of the Ordained Ministry
Following the SecondVaticanCouncil (1962–1965)
1. Hermeneutical Introduction: Ministry as Sacramental Reality
and Relationship in the Communion of the Church
The ministry of the church is, even if we want to understand it as ministry,
a relative thing, because it is settled in many relationships that are a part
of its importance and that comprise the context of its realization. Ministry
cannot be understood without people who are ready to become ministers
and without God, who
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