What has been the most important event for the Catholic Church in the modern world?
Rev. Dr. Charles Curran discusses the importance of the Second Vatican Council as the most vital event of American Roman Catholicism in the past 100 years. He speaks of how Vatican II changed the faith of the ordinary Catholic, especially through changes in the liturgy. He highlights changes in the role of Scripture, the need for inter-religious dialogue, and the freedom of religion, which he says is the major contribution of American Catholicism. Curran also comments on the importance of the teachings of Humanae Vitae, and its effect on disagreements regarding non-essential Church teachings.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alfred_benney/6/