Monthly Archives: November 2014

Constitution on the Church ‘Memorable Achievement’

The forthcoming Constitution on the Church will become the most memorable achievement of the Second Vatican Council and will launch a totally new era in Catholic thought. The constitution has already received the basic approval of the council Fathers through … Continue reading

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Pope Paul’s Speech At Closing Session

This is a translation of the speech delivered Nov. 21 by Pope Paul VI at the closing session of the ecumenical council’s third session. After two months of intense brotherly effort, we render thanks to God for the happy celebration … Continue reading

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Council Box Score

Here is a box score on Second Vatican Council accomplishments through the first three sessions. Council acts debated, amended and promulgated: The Constitution on the Liturgy and the Decree on Communications Media, in the second session (1963). The Constitution on … Continue reading

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Third Session Closes With Proclamation of Documents on Church, Ecumenism, Eastern Churches

Closing of Council’s Third Session November 21, 1964 With the proclamation of the constitution on the nature of the Church and the decrees on ecumenism and the Eastern Churches, Pope Paul VI solemnly brought the third session of the ecumenical … Continue reading

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Text Of Cardinal Ritter on Matrimony Document

This is the text of the address delivered by Joseph Cardinal Ritter of St. Louis in the ecumenical council Nov. 20 on the document on matrimony. I am highly pleased by the votum “On the Sacrament of Matrimony” and more … Continue reading

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Suggestions to Pope on Marriage Norms Break New Ground

The suggestions for canonical legislation on marriage which the council has sent to Pope Paul VI for his own consideration take up little more than two pages of printed text. But if accepted and enacted, they could give the Church’s … Continue reading

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Flurry of Actions Mark Final Working Day of Council’s Third Session

127th General Congregation November 20, 1964 The final working day of the third session of the ecumenical council ended as a large majority approved the declaration on the Church’s relations with non-Christians, which includes a strong and clear statement on … Continue reading

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