Second Vatican Council

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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 traditionalist Catholics and others, 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 illegitimate, and the position of pope therefore to be vacant (sedevacantism).

Argued Jewish influence

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Argued negative effects

Catholic Marriages in England & Wales, 1913-2010. Critics see the decline as being caused by the changes instituted by the council.[1]

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. For example, if current trends continue, Brazil will cease to be a majority-Catholic country sometime between 2020 and 2025.[2]

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  1. Newly released statistics show the decline of the Catholic Church in England and Wales in 1960s and 1970s
  2. Rorate Caeli (13 January 2013). "The Church of Vatican II: Brazil, Catholicism becoming a minority religion".