The Mission of the Church – Part Three

July 14, 2014

The Second Vatican Council’s center was missionary and evangelistic, engaging the world in more positive and effective ways, addressing the decline in faith in the western world.

After John XXIII began the council, Paul VI continued it, perhaps as a much more significant council than John envisioned. Events from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the rise of the drug culture, the escalation of the war in Vietnam, all produced a tumultuous time.

The council reaffirmed the teaching of the Church for all time, but there were many contrary trends that Paul VI had to combat.

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