The Doctrinal and Social Implications of Vatican II

The Vatican Council II was called by Pope John 23rd for purposes of updating the Catholic Church (CC)  by seeking from the council new and necessary pastoral approaches to guide the CC in the modern world.The 2500 plus church leaders congregated at Vatican II sought to devise and adjust pastoral strategies that would successfully engage its more than a billion members with a new world of institutions and life styles consonant with modern knowledge and technology. The council fathers’ approach created serious negative reactions among the minority conservative participants that were strongly backed by the curial bureaucracy. Their position confounded foundational beliefs with traditional moral precepts rooted in time-bound cultural and social conditions.

 What grew out of the council was a confrontation: on one side 1500 years of a relatively change-dormant western civilization history in which  CC exercised unchallenged religious power; and on the other hand emerging but challenging views of the world and human behavior. The CC in the fifty years following the Council within its own membership has been living a divisive polarization of beliefs that generating widespread spiritual harm  threatens the long-term mission of the institution. One purpose of this blogsite is to explore the doctrinal and social implications of the pastoral strategy that framed the declarations of the Vatican Council II.

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I am a practicing Catholic, Jesuit trained, Vatican II amateur theologian, popularizing a complex belief theme for a larger reading public. I have found great spiritual joy in the biblical and historical experts’ recovery of the long lost vision of Jesus’ passion for the Father’s commitment to his created world. This passion of Jesus is embraced in the universal Prayer, THE OUR FATHER. In recent years I have been inspired by the re-discovered spiritual approach to our God in the Ecumenical Council Vatican II.As an additional note I have enjoyed more than forty years of academic and practical experience dedicated to social, economic and political development in the poorer countries of Central and South America. Except for development work I am not a professional in any field, but have lived long enough to earn Licenciates in Philosophy and Theology as well as Masters degrees in Medieval History and Urban Planning, and an ABD (all but dissertation) in Economic and Social Development.

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