Second Vatican Council

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Second Vatican Council.

The Second Vatican Council, commonly known as Vatican II, was a 1962-1965 ecumenical council of the Catholic Church that officially addressed relations between the Church and the modern world.


Vatican II has been extensively criticized by traditional Catholics who may even consider it to have created a new non-Catholic religion (the Vatican II Church), the popes during and after the council to be antipopes, and the position of pope therefore to be vacant (sedevacantism).

Criticisms include the introduction of various forms of liberalism and modernism and argued Jewish and Masonic influence on the council.

Argued Jewish influence

Argued Jewish influence on the Council include some influential theologians of argued Jewish origin who participated in the council: Augustin Bea, Johannes Oesterreicher and Gregory Baum and others.[1]

Argued Masonic influence

Argued Masonic influence on the Council include that one of the most controversial outcomes was the removal of the Tridentine Mass in the Latin Church and its replacement with the Novus Ordo in 1969, which was radically different in orientation. Its primary creator was Cardinal Annibale Bugnini, who was the Secretary of the Pontifical Preparatory Commission on the Liturgy at the Second Vatican Council and who has been accused of being a Freemason.[2][3][4]

Argued negative effects

Catholic Marriages in England & Wales, 1913-2010. Critics see the decline as being caused by the changes instituted by the council.

Critics have seen the Second Vatican Council as contributing to liberal and modernist trends such as mass migration, destruction of traditional families and family values, abortion, and an increasingly destructive culture.

Vatican II has been argued to contribute to a decline of the religion in what used to be almost exclusively Latin Catholic states. A good example of this is Brazil; at the onset of the 1960s, the country was over 95% Catholic. It was however, opened up to missionary activity, particularly from wealthy proponents of American Evangelicalism. The number of Brazilian Catholics had dropped to 75% by 2000 (with 15.4% Protestant). Again by 2010, the figure was down to 65% Catholic and 22.2% Protestant; if trends continue, by 2022 in Brazil, Catholics will be a minority religion because of Vatican II.[5]

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  1. How the Jews Changed Catholic Thinking by Joseph Roddy. Look Magazine, Volume 30 No. 2, 25 January 1966. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  2. How the liturgy fell apart: the enigma of Archbishop Bugnini. AD 2000. Retrieved on 6 June 2011.
  3. Was Msgr. Bugnini a Mason?. Tradition in Action. Retrieved on 6 June 2011.
  4. Archbishop Bugnini – CERTAINLY a Freemason?. Catholic Truth Scotland. Retrieved on 6 June 2011.
  5. Rorate Caeli (13 January 2013). "The Church of Vatican II: Brazil, Catholicism becoming a minority religion".