Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) lasted from 1962 to 1965. It is well-known as a watershed event for the Roman Catholic Church. With bishops, theologians and other members of the hierarchy from all over the world, the Council brought about a number of profound changes.

As a result of the Council, the Catholic Church relinquished the claim of being the one true church and, with it, abdicated claims to power in relation to nation-states, declaring that the only just form of government was one under which people were free to worship as they pleased. It relaxed dietary restrictions and requirements regarding confession and attire for its laity, eliminated the Latin mass, and changed the character and identities of Roman Catholic nuns and brothers, encouraging them ...

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