Fiftieth Anniversary Of Vatican II

Fiftieth Anniversary Of Vatican II

Fifty years ago, Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to modernize the Roman Catholic Church. The council attempted to open the gates of social activism, freedom of expression and conscience, and a respect for all religions. Diane and her guests discuss the legacy of Vatican II and its repercussions beyond the Church.

When the Second Vatican Council opened 50 years ago this month, many called it the most important religious event of the 20th century. The council expanded church teaching on ecumenism and religious freedom, and had a major impact on liturgy and church life. But its repercussions reached far beyond the Catholic Church. Champions of Vatican II often see it as having liberated Catholics from the oppression of church leaders. Detractors blame it for shattering unity and order in the church -- and introducing an era of doubt. The accomplishments and shortcomings of Vatican II.


Maureen Fiedler

host of public radio's Interfaith Voices and Sister of Loretto.

Christopher Ruddy

associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Catholic University of America.

The Very Reverend Ian Markham

dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, and priest associate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va.

Monsignor Richard Hilgartner

executive director of Secretariat of Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor

vice president of philanthropy at World Union for Progressive Judaism.

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