Quantcast

Vatican II unknown to Catholics

In one of the annual seminars I attended, a priest-speaker asked who among us knew of Vatican II. I promptly raised my hand, glanced around and, to my chagrin, discovered that there was only one other raising her hand. Instead of showing curiosity why others didn’t know about it, the priest smiled, which struck me as strange. And he proceeded to his topic without saying anything more about Vatican II.

I related the incident to my parish priest who had the grace to shake his head, and explain that not even priests know much about Vatican II, unless they had it as part of their studies. I found this sad, very sad: An event that brought the Roman Catholic Church to addressing issues of the 20th century, in addition to confronting itself and proclaiming the truths it teaches in contemporary language, is important in the lives of Roman Catholics, especially the laity, like me.

Two months ago, while attending a Bible seminar on parables, I was going through several new books of Claretian Publications when I stumbled on a book that nearly emptied my wallet. I wanted to buy another book, but because the price was already beyond my budget for books, I decided to go to the Claretian bookstore just a corner away from my house in UP Village and reserved a copy.

Since then, these two books have satisfied my current craving to know more about Vatican II, revisiting the key points of eight conciliar documents. And I had the privilege of reading the journal of one peritus who contributed much to the theological framework of the 16 Vatican II documents.

The two books are: “Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II” by Richard R. Gaillardetz and Catherine E. Clifford; and “My Journal of the Council” by Yves Congar OP, translated from French by Mary John Ronayne OP and Mary Cecily Boulding OP, with English translation editor Denis Minnis OP.

—ROSARIO K. GARCIA,

verena_ph@yahoo.com


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://opinion.inquirer.net/?p=43373

Tags: Catholic Church , letters to the editor , opinion , Vatican II



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widen
  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Marketplace