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 …

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 …

Archbishop Aymond Offers “10 Ways Vatican II Shapes the Church Today”

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

The Catholic Church marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Blessed Pope John XXIII on October 11. The Council ran from 1962-1965, producing 16 documents over the course of four sessions. Over 2,000 bishops from around the world participated. The Council introduced major reforms and stands among the most significant religious events of the …

Vatican II & Popular Devotions

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Growing up I spent most of my childhood attending Catholic schools. One of the things we learned were the many devotional prayers and practices that have for centuries enriched the lives of the faithful. The BVM sisters taught us to say the morning offering to God, how to pray the rosary, and gave us holy cards of Christ and the …

Vatican II & the Sacred Liturgy

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

  The first document of the Second Vatican Council was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,  Sacrosanctum Concilium. All Church documents get their names from the first two words of the text, or sometime the first three words if there is a older document that begins with the same words. The official language of the Church is still Latin, so even …

Pope John XXIII Opens the Second Vatican Council

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican council with an address in which he explained the decision to hold a council, the purpose of the council, and how the Church ought to interact with the modern world. The major interest of the Ecumenical Council is this: that the sacred heritage of Christian truth be safeguarded and expounded …