Category Archives: Church History

Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time after the Council Part 4 Executing the Council leads to an execution! by Dr. Anthony Massimini, Ph.D. Preparing to Return to Philadelphia    A week or so after Kennedy’s visit, I defended my dissertation and was awarded my Doctor’s … Continue reading

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time at the Council Part 3 The First Session Ends, Pope John Dies Behind the scenes accounts of being a “periti” or theological advisor to the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia, then a private viewing of Pope John’s body laid … Continue reading

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time at the Council Part 2  The Council in session by Anthony, Massimini , Ph.D.         Progressives vs. Conservatives    On October 13, 1962, Vatican II started its official work.  The day was short and dramatic. The council fathers took … Continue reading

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time at the Council Part 1 by Anthony, Massimini , Ph.D. Announcing the Council      In 1959, when Pope John XXIII announced to a meeting of cardinals in Rome that he wanted to call an ecumenical council, he was met … Continue reading

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Who Asked for Your “Two Cents”?

The Church did! We’ve all heard the expression, “When I want your two cents, I’ll ask for it.” This of course is referring to our opinion. That is, exactly what the early Church wanted during the New Testament times. Well, … Continue reading

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Whose Church Is It Anyway?

Understanding the origins of the various concepts and titles for the community of disciples. In the Catholic tradition, the followers of Jesus are referred to as The Body of Christ, The People of God, The Faithful, The Flock, and the … Continue reading

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