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Benedict XVI: Vatican II as I saw it

Benedict XVI: Vatican II as I saw it BY SHAWN TRIBE Recently there has been some vigorous discussion around the question of the Council, continuity and rupture. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI shared…More
Benedict XVI: Vatican II as I saw it
BY SHAWN TRIBE
Recently there has been some vigorous discussion around the question of the Council, continuity and rupture. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI shared his own reflections on this subject, which has been published on the Vatican Radio website here: Pope Benedict's Last Great Master Class: Vatican II, as I saw it.
The entire address can be read over there, but I thought I would publish the following excerpts which should be of particular interest to NLM readers:
... we went to the Council not only with joy, but with enthusiasm. The expectation was incredible. We hoped that everything would be renewed, that a new Pentecost really would come, a new era of the Church, because the Church was not robust enough at that time: the Sunday practice was still good, even vocations to the priesthood and religious life were already somewhat fewer, but still sufficient. But nevertheless, there was the feeling that the Church was going on, but getting …More
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