50th Anniversary Review


This past June 12,2011, The Feast of Pentecost marked the 50th anniversary of the announcement by Pope John XXIII that he would convene an Ecumenical Council of the church to open on December 8, 1962. John XXIII prayed that this council would engage the modern world of the 20th century by renewing the institutional Church and empowering the People of God toward greater sanctification and participation in the life and ministry of the church in the modern world.

I would love to hear from you, both people and priests (clergy, deacons, religious sisters and brothers as well as seminarians). How would you summarize these past 50 years in the life of the church? What significant changes occurred that were positive? What changes are misplaced? How do you envision the church 50 years from today? Can you describe our church as it will function in 2061? Lets begin. Who will be first?

I would also like to ask anyone interested in becoming a “guest blogger’ to submit an essay to me at nmazza2568@yahoo.com. I will review the content and publish in your name on this blog site “GoodPeople 2 GoodPriests”.

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One Response to 50th Anniversary Review

  1. … empowering the People of God toward greater sanctification and participation in the life and ministry of the church in the modern world …

    Can you show me where in Pope John XXIII’s announcement he stated that the Council would be concerned with “empowerment” of the laity or their “participation in the life and ministry” of the Church?

    Let me save you the trouble: you can’t. “Empowerment” is a political term that would have been foreign to John XXIII, as it is to his successors, and the word “ministry” is reserved exclusively to members of the ordained priesthood in the documents of Vatican II.

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