"It is but natural that in opening this Universal Council we should like to look to the past and to listen to its voices whose echo we like to hear in the memories and the merits of the more recent and ancient Pontiffs, our predecessors," said Andrew Brown of the Guardian in Britain.
Throughout the years many of the decisions of the Catholic Church have stemmed from the second Vatican council. Many important decisions, reformations, and discussions that took place at this council, are still looked at today both with importance, reverence, and holiness. These decisions were influenced by both the Pope himself and the other notable members if the council from around the world. While some of these decisions were controversial and many were and still debated over, most of the decisions that the council made were re-noun and have been very significant in the development of the church since the council.
"The great problem confronting the world after almost two thousand years remains unchanged. Christ is ever resplendent as the center of history and of life. Men are either with Him and His Church, and then they enjoy light, goodness, order, and peace. Or else they are without Him, or against Him, and deliberately opposed to His Church, and then they give rise to confusion, to bitterness in human relations, and to the constant danger of fratricidal wars," explained Pope John in his opening speech to council.
[...] He had a chance to make the changes he saw fit, and he took it. While he listened to what opinions the council was versions- the main thing he was looking for was what would grow the faith, what would strengthen the faith, and what would essentially save the faith. While the pope was keenly aware of what impact these decisions would have in the church, it's faith, the country, but would also show what the church standard for and how and what they stood for in terms of the issues of the country at that time in history. [...]
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[...] The council was put in place in many ways out if fear. The church was afraid of the 'fratricidal' wars Pope John spoke of, and one of the main goals of the counsel was to stop this, or at least try and prevent the loss of faith that could possibly occur in the years to come. "This was the 21st ecumenical council in the two-millennium history of the Catholic Church. “Ecumenical” means worldwide in scope, and an ecumenical council is a Church gathering open in principle to all the world's bishops in union with the pope, the bishop of Rome. [...]
[...] In 1968, three years after the council's end, Pope Paul VI made the disastrous decision to condemn artificial birth control, even within marriage, against the advice of a commission he had appointed to look into the matter. That lost his church the loyalty of the middle classes in the west," Shaw analyzed. When the council started, The goals of the pope were not necessarily clear the public, including the Catholic Church. The pope had his own goals for he council, and had a list of problems, controversies, and possible solutions to what was going on in not just the Catholic Church or in Rome, but throughout the world as well. [...]
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