A Journey Through the 2nd Vatican Council

Originally Published on the Facebook Page of Oblate School of Theology

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a continuing series of historical reflections on the Second Vatican Council and it’s continuing influence on the Church. These reflections have been authored by members of the faculty at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.)

October 11, 2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the most significant event within the Church in the past century. Over the next months (and years), the faculty at OST will take you through a historical review of Vatican II, looking to see what events were happening on specific dates. We begin with Pope John XXIII’s announcement of the council almost four years earlier.

We all have at hand, and hopefully study, the final product of the council, the 16 documents that took four years to develop. But why did Pope John think the Church needed a council? What was his agenda? What agenda did the bishops of the world have? How did the material that became documents develop? What issues arose as the discussions led bishops toward the theology that undergirds each document? What events had major impact on the work of the council? These are the types of questions we will address.

Walk with us as we take a historical journey through the work of the Second Vatican Council.