Today in church history – John XXIII drops Vatican II bombshell

I was born on January 9, 1959. I am as old as Madonna (the singer, not the Blessed Virgin),Donny Osmond (my teenage crush) and Barbie (the doll). I also consider myself a Vatican II baby. On January 25, a couple of weeks after I was born, Blessed John XXIII announced to a shocked group of Curial Cardinals that he was going to summon an Ecumenical Council. The announcement was made at the grand Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The great Pope describes his inspiration as a great light, well in tune with the scripture readings of this feast day. The reaction of those present was reminiscent of the great saint’s tumble off his horse.

On October 11, 2012, the Church will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The National Catholic Reporter will be publishing various articles on this great historical event. Today’s essay, Curial horror greeted John XXIII’s announcement of ecumenical council, gives a great description of the announcement made 53 years ago, today.


2 thoughts on “Today in church history – John XXIII drops Vatican II bombshell

  1. Very interesting article. But every time I read the reader responses to NCR articles, I am appalled! So much hatefulness and disrespect on all sides. People aren’t dialoging or discussing with sincerity. They are simply vomiting hatefulness and stinking up the place. Sours me on having any hope for our poor old Church!

  2. I hear you, Marceta! There are far too many opinionated, bigoted voices on the NCR discussion boards. But, hidden among them are many voices of reason. I confess to being hooked on reading these boards. I play a bit of a mental game of “spot the dialogue” amid the rancid debates. I love it when a balanced voice of reason appears; a voice that rises above the mess. It speaks of the general atmosphere when such a voice really shines out. Here’s to voices of reason becoming the majority!

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