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Short Talk

The Second Vatican Council and Beyond

Date recorded: 24 May 2018 | Speaker: Leonardo De Chirico | Event: ELF Post-Forum Seminar
Topic: Theology
The Second Vatican Council and Beyond


The Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, also known as ‘Vatican II’, is widely regarded as one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. Beside the immense influence exerted on Catholic theology and life, the Council has brought aggiornamento to the Roman Church. Aggiornamento, or a bringing up to date, does not denote reformation in the evangelical sense but neither is it a merely political and linguistic device aimed at concealing an unchanging reality. It is instead the Catholic way of responding to the need for some form of renewal without altering the fundamental structure inherited from the past. This short talk examines the historical significance of Vatican II and its theological outcomes that continue to shape Roman Catholic identity today.