St. Anthony Messengers Special Issue Commemorates the Anniversary of Vatican II
CINCINNATIOn October 11, 1962, a gathering of nearly 2,500 bishops convened in St. Peters
Basilica in Rome to renew the Catholic Church. By December 1965, after four
momentous sessions each fall, those meetings produced 16 official documents
that accomplished what the bishopsunder the guidance of Pope John XXIII and his
successor, Pope Paul VIset out to do. Forty years later, the Second Vatican
Council, or Vatican II, still reverberatesa significant chapter in the
Churchs long history.
St. Anthony Messenger has devoted its November issue to the anniversary of the Second Vatican
Council. Vatican II: Where Is the Spirit Leading Us? with its five articles, six personal reflections,
editorial, four sidebars and two of its book reviews, seeks to analyze,
celebrate and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Council. After October
18, the entire issue will be posted at: AmericanCatholic.org.
The article Seven Shifts in the Church, by
Msgr. William H. Shannon, offers perspective on Vatican II and how the Church
came to a deeper understanding of its own identity and relationship to the
world. In Vatican II for Gen-Xers, Renée LaReau shows how the Council
influences Catholics, even thirtysomethings. R. Scott Applebys article A U.S.
Gift to the Council, explains how an American Jesuit and the U.S. democracy
influenced the tone of the Council.
Managing Editor Barbara Beckwith interviewed Archbishop
John P. Foley for her article about his days covering Vatican II as a young
priest and reporter. For Whither Vatican II? Assistant Editor John Feister
asked Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, Anne Husted Burleigh, Father Richard
McBrien, Edward Hahnenberg, Phyllis Zagano and Alan Schreck how Vatican II
continues to shape the Church today.
Scattered throughout the special issue are
sidebars by Michael J. Daley and Assistant Editors Susan Hines-Brigger and Christopher
Heffron. Daleys four sidebars tackle the Councils 16 documents, the movers
and shakers of the meetings, Vatican II terminology and significant events during
Council sessions. Heffron and Hines-Brigger interviewed six multigenerational
Catholics on their opinions of Vatican II. Editor Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., in his
editorial Reaping the Harvest of Vatican II, examines how the meetings
continue to shed light on our Church and our own individual faith journeys.
Though it may seem like ancient history, the
pulse of Vatican II can still be felt in todays Church. It was exhilarating,
stimulating, challenging, fascinating. The Second Vatican Council was where the
action wasand we were there not only to witness it but also in some ways to
take part in it. It was an unforgettable experience, says Archbishop Foley. I
expected change and renewaland we got it!
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