Year of Faith: Information on the Major Documents produced by the Vatican II Council

Year of Faith Celebration – “Did You Know?”

Principal among the sixteen documents are the “Four Foundational Constitutions” from which other documents effectively depend ~The liturgical changes (Sacrosanctum Concilium) were the first fruits of Vatican II and even forty years later remain its principal association with Vatican II for many Catholics. “The Church in the Modern World” (Gaudium et Spes) broke important new ground.  Bishop Christopher Butler, OSB, was not alone in believing that two documents “On Revelation” (Dei Verbum) and “On the Church” (Lumen Gentium) contained the most significant of the Church’s teachings. These two documents were given the highest ‘rank’ of Dogmatic Constitution.  There were no new dogmas proclaimed and none discarded at Vatican II.

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