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 …

Introducing the Catechism

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1992, with the apostolic constitution entitled Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his message to the faithful he explained that the new catechism has its origins in the Second Vatican Council. The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present …

Introducing the Second Vatican Council

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

A large part of the Year of Faith will be focused on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. One of the best resources for understanding what happened at this historic event are the 16 documents which were produced during the years of the council. It is important to begin with an understanding of the …

Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Beginning on September 8, 2012, the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville will have a unique opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith in East Tennessee. Pope Benedict XVI has declared this coming year to be the Year of Faith. We also enter our 25th year as a diocese which gives us the opportunity to celebrate our small part in the story …