The Council at 50: A New Way of Working for Bishops: Consultation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Howard Hubbard reflects upon consultation as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. As bishops from around the world gather in Rome for the XIII ordinary Synod of Bishops, they can thank the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council for making the opportunity possible. The Synod of Bishops, established by Pope Paul VI prior to the conclusion …

The Council At 50: Vatican II’s Word on the Word of God

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Anthony Taylor reflects upon Dei Verbum as the USCCB continues its blog series on the Second Vatican Council. All documents are not created equal.  Of the 16 produced by the Second Vatican Council, only two got top-tier religious ranking: Dogmatic Constitution. Those two are Lumen Gentium (On the Church) and Dei Verbum (On the Word of God). In Dei Verbum (DV), the Council Fathers responded to common misunderstandings …

Full, Active and Conscious Participation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

One of the phrases heard often when speaking of the post conciliar liturgy is the call to “full, active and conscious participation”. The council fathers put it in these words, Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the …

The Council At 50: The Search for Christian Unity

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

This article is the second in a series of posts on the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. You can read more posts here. When I was a boy, Catholics did not enter Protestant or Orthodox churches. We did not pray together except for an occasional prayer before a public event. …

The Council at 50: Mass Post-Vatican II, A Participatory Event

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

The following article is the first in a series of posts by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II. Archbishop Gregory Aymond begins the series with this post on the Mass. Looking over the 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it’s clear that the most obvious effects …

On the Unreal Presence

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

An often asked question when I was attending seminary was, “Do you believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist?” It is an unfortunate question both in that it is accusatory (the implication being that the person does not believe in this basic tenet of our Catholic faith) and that there would be any doubt that someone who …

Cardinal Rigali Speaks About Vatican II

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Bill Brewer, Media Director for the Diocese of Knoxville, recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Cardinal Justin Rigali about his experiences as a young priest at Vatican II. Cardinal Rigali vividly recalls 2,500 bishops from around the world filing into St. Peter’s Basilica in …

The Fantastic Four

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral this fall…. The FANTASTIC FOUR Adult Faith Formation program! To inaugurate the Year of Faith, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Diocesan Silver Jubilee, Sacred Heart will offer four Wednesday evenings of FOOD, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN.  Dinner will be served in the Eagle Café at 6:00pm, followed by a program …

Seven Things Catholics Should Know About the New Evangelization

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013, to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. The Year of Faith is meant to …

Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Opening of the New Evangelization Synod

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Uncategorized, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters, With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities and institutions. And this outline is reinforced by …

Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

This past week Pope Benedict XVI announced a plenary indulgence of the Year of Faith. The concept of an indulgence is one that is widely misunderstood in the Church today. Put most simply, an indulgence is something the Church grants to a penitent individual that removes the temporal punishment for their sins. Every sin has consequences for the sinner that …