Eight Americans’ eye-witness reports from Vatican II

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Article Scripture and Theology

The Second Vatican Council, which opened on October 11, 1962 and concluded on December 8, 1965, was the central event of Catholic life in the 20th century. Pope John XXIII called for the council to "open the windows" in the church to the world. John said he called the council to renew "ourselves and the flocks committed to us, so that there may radiate before all men the lovable features of Jesus Christ, who shines in our hearts that God's splendor may be revealed."


Vatican II at 50: A look back at its highlights

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Article Scripture and Theology
In our December 2005 issue, Paul Boudreau reflected on the 40th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening this year, Boudreau takes a fresh look back at the important moments from Vatican II.

Like a good neighbor: The lessons of the Good Samaritan

By Paul Lakeland| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
The Good Samaritan points the way to a humbler, holier church.

We need more humility in the church today. It is a sad truth that these days we live in a divided church, as we do in our society in general, where deep differences prevent people of the same faith from talking to one another or even worshiping together.


Readers sound off on the best and worst of Vatican II

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Article Scripture and Theology

More than 2,000 website visitors to USCatholic.org offered their take on the Second Vatican Council for our October Reader Survey. Although we don't normally include reader feedback online, the sheer volume of responses--and the widely divergent opinions expressed by survey respondents--prompted us to offer a wider sampling of those responses.


Keep the faith

By Bishop Francis A. Quinn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
Disease and disaster might challenge our belief in God, but despite all that, we must keep the faith.

One of the most memorable moments of my life was when I conferred the sacrament of confirmation on 20 youths in San Francisco’s Children’s Hospital—children ranging from 4 or 5 to 16 years of age who were dying from leukemia. I was apprehensive about how these young ones would feel about receiving confirmation.


Recommended reading

By Fran Leap| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
The Qur’an gives us insight into the Muslim world—as well as the Christian faith.

When I had heard that a Christian pastor in Florida was planning to burn the Qur’an as an evil book, I shuddered. My friend Abdul recites the Qur’an and finds comfort and inspiration in it. I first met Abdul while he was in graduate school, about 20 years ago. I had tried a few times to read the Qur’an to learn more about his Muslim faith. At the time I found it confusing and frustrating, but not worthy of incineration.


How I met your Father: Married Episcopalians becoming Catholic priests

By Katharine Saunders| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Parish Life
Former Episcopal priests are crossing over to the Catholic Church—and bringing their wives and kids along for the ride.

Leave no child behind: Catholic schools should accept everyone

By Father Bill Tkachuk| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality

Editors’ note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Vatican II, Schmatican II

By Tara K. Dix| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology Young Adults
In this article from 2005, Tara Dix wonders if it is time for a new agenda forty years after the close of Vatican II.

Leading up to this month's 40th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, this year has been filled with workshops, symposia, and whole conferences dedicated to the discussion of Vatican II, the unfinished business of Vatican II, renewing the spirit of Vatican II, and more. And all I can say is: Yawn.


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