Many argue that Lumen Gentium, Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church, stands as the jewel in the Council’s crown. Pope John XXIII convened the twenty-first ecumenical council with the hope that the Catholic Church would engage in “aggiornamento” or updating. Central to his vision was the idea of updating the Church by “reading the signs of the times.”
To help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this critical document Bishop Madden will reflect on Lumen Gentium’s significance at the council, the way that it creates important opportunities for dialogue, and Pope Francis’ use of key images from this text as he leads the Church into the future.
This is the second in a series of events focused on the five key documents of the Vatican Council II. For more information or to register, visit www.vaticanIItalks.com.
Cosponsored by the School of Theology·Seminary.
Image of Vatican II courtesy of Manhhai via Flickr Commons.