Monthly Archives: October 2013

Council Completes Work on Liturgy Document

59th General Congregation October 31, 1963 The council Fathers completed the schema on the liturgy when they passed its final amended chapter. The liturgy schema thus became the second — after the one on communications media, passed at the council’s … Continue reading

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Council Turning Point: A Day When Character of Church Begins to Change

58th General Congregation October 30, 1963 The ecumenical council Fathers have voted overwhelmingly to give bishops a larger role in governing the Church and to restore the ancient order of deacons. The Fathers’ Oct. 30 general meeting, guaranteeing a declaration … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Archbishop Krol Explains Aspects of Council’s Rules

“A council without opposition and discussion would engender suspicion about the freedom of the council Fathers,” according to Archbishop John J. Krol of Philadelphia. Speaking at a special background press conference arranged by the American bishops, Archbishop Krol explained various … Continue reading

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John Courtney Murray: World Wants Council to Back Religious Liberty

What the world most awaits from the Second Vatican Council is a clear statement safeguarding religious liberty, according to Father John Courtney Murray, SJ, a council expert. “This is the big issue of the council in the world’s eyes,” the … Continue reading

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Permanent Deacons Would Meet Urgent Need in Latin America, Says Cardinal

Peru’s Cardinal declared that a permanent diaconate would answer a “general need” in the Church today, a need especially urgent in Latin America. Juan Cardinal Landazuri Ricketts, OFM, of Lima said in an interview that the proposal for a permanent … Continue reading

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Close Vote Moves Declaration on Mary to Document on Church’s Nature

57th General Congregation October 29, 1963 Council Fathers have voted 1,114 to 1,074 to include their declaration on Our Lady in the schema on the nature of the Church rather than in a separate schema. Before the vote was taken, … Continue reading

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Absence of Greek Orthodox Observers Explained

The Greek Orthodox Church is unwilling to be represented at the Second Vatican Council by mere observers because it feels that its presence would be meaningful only if it could fully participate in the council on a basis of equality. … Continue reading

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