Vatican II as Ecumenical Council

Yves Congar's Vision Realized

Noticing that the words "Vatican II" evoked no response in her high school students, an Irish nun recently told me she asked them what Vatican II was. After some time and with much hesitation, one of them asked: "Would that be the pope’s summer residence?"

That we have just celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (1962–65) reminds us that there are now two generations of Catholics for whom that...

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About the Author

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.