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The Participation of Polish Bishops in the Second Vatican Council

Author(s): Józef Mandziuk
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History of Church(es), Theology and Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: Vatican II; Poland; the Polish bishops; the Primate Wyszynski; the communist regime; council popes; prominent Council Fathers

Summary/Abstract: The Second Vatican Council was one of the biggest events in the history of Christianity. His goal was to align the activities of the Church (aggiornamento) to the current needs in the modern world. The contribution of Polish Council Fathers in the great work of Vatican II can be assessed positively. In all four sessions of the council participated 63 Polish hierarchs. They came to Rome (some for the first time) from behind the Iron Curtain, they had no support of experts and had to be careful so that their speeches would not be unduly attacked by the Polish communist regime, with its many representatives as well as by the liberal Western press, (especially Italian ) and the revisionist German press. It should be emphasized that the statements made by the Polish bishops both in the Council Hall, and submitted in writing, had a testimonial character and contributed to the enrichment of the conciliar consciousness of the Church.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 119-142
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish