Vatican 2 Ext Response - Outline the changes in the...

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Outline the changes in the Catholic Church as a result of Vatican II and explain the impact of these changes on Christianity. "I want to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in." Pope John XXIII The second Vatican council was a watershed in the Catholic churches history. This meeting, led by Pope John XXIII became a pivotal moment in the Churches modernisation, “to throw open the windows of the Church so that we can see out and the people can see in”. The council overturned many long concepts and practices regarding the liturgy, involvement with other denominations (ecumenism) and views on the modern world. These changes had extremely positive corollaries on the Christian religious landscape. The liturgy was one of the main changes to stem from Vatican II. Before Vatican II great emphasis was placed on keeping the liturgy sacred as a means of salvation. This meant the liturgy was kept uniform throughout the world, as a result the mass had always been said in Latin. However during Vatican II, Pope John XXIII looked over the mass and decided changes should be made to modernise the liturgy and in doing so accommodate those contemporary believers. After Vatican II the mass was
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course RELIGION 1002 taught by Professor Davidwen during the Three '11 term at University of Sydney.

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