Great Grace Conference: Paul VI 'guided Vatican II'
Pope Paul VI guided the Second Vatican Council to produce “a number of truly excellent documents and realignments of Church life in conformity with the Scriptures and the soundest tradition”, the Archbishop of Sydney, George Cardinal Pell, said at the start of the Great Grace Conference on Monday.
Cardinal Pell opened the four-day reflection on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with a lecture entitled Yesterday’s Council for Tomorrow’s World.
An erudite history of Vatican II and its many consequences for the Church since 1963, Cardinal Pell’s talk at St Mary’s Cathedral was informed by his personal reflections as a young seminarian in Rome when the council called by Pope John XXIII was hailed as a “new Pentecost”.
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