St. Peters

Vatican II:
Celebrating 50 years

During the four years of the Second Vatican Council, much of Council's time was spent deliberating the documents that would be issued. These documents differ from documents of previous councils in both content and tone. They do not contain canons or anathemas. Rather, they are nonconfrontational, Scripturally based, and inspired by the Church Fathers. The Council chose this pastoral approach for they wanted to teach and engage the wider world. By Council's end, four Constitutions, nine Decrees and three Declarations were produced. Among these, the four Constitutions are the most significant documents.

The Four Constitutions

The Three Declarations

The Nine Decrees


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