The Second Vatican Council, Episode 1: Beginnings

In this first episode of this series, Father Trauner discusses the work of the Ante-Preparatory Commission and the odd spirit of “pastorality” that was being used to justify the purpose of the council, a purpose unlike that of any other ecumenical council in Church history. Father also comments on the opening speech of John XXIII, who used quotes such as “prophets of doom” and “medicine of mercy,” quotes we are chillingly familiar with today. Finally, he explains the excellent organization of what would be known firstly as the European Alliance (the “Rhine Group”) and how deeply they immediately subverted the council to their own agenda.

If you would like to take an even closer look at the source material for these discussions, you can find a copy of The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber, at an excellent price, in our bookstore.


Original Air Date: October 9, 2018
Show Run Time: 45 minutes
Show Guest(s): Father Arnold Trauner, IMBC
Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner
Individual Season 7 Show Price: Not available.

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