Celebrating Vatican ll

Liberated from the dogma of infallibility
With one priestly mind dictating to another
When Dignitas Humanae delivers freedom,
Self-evident and enshrined in our humanity
Yet wandering alone, beset by grief and fears
Until Gaudium et Spes comes on the scene
Sharing concerns and views with a soul-mate.
In a congregation of gathered momentum
Christus Dominus and Apostolicam Actuositatem
Rejoice in new-found respect and warm regard,
And the daughters of Mary meet the sons of Luther
In the friendship of Unitatis redintegratio
And we gather in worship to receive the Dei Verbum
Calling us together in the simplest of language.
October 2012

Pope Benedict XVI opened the ‘Year of Faith’ on October 11 2012, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council.
A number of documents resulted from The Second Vatican Council, among them:
·        Declaration on Religious Freedom – Dignitatis Humanae 
·        Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World – Gaudium et Spes
·        Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church – Christus Dominus 
·        Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity – Apostolicam Actuositatem 
·        Decree on Ecumenism – Unitatis Redintegratio
·        Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation – Dei Verbum 
The Council also authorised the use of local languages, rather than Latin for the mass.