The Word Among Us

October 2012 Issue

The “Faith” of Vatican II

What was the central message of the Council?

The “Faith” of Vatican II: What was the central message of the Council?

At first glance, we might wonder why Pope Benedict XVI decided to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II by calling for a Year of Faith. Why not love? Or hope? Or peace? What is it that links the Council so strongly to the virtue of faith?

On one level, the Holy Father could have chosen any virtue, since Vatican II touched on all of them. But if we look at the Council closely,...

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