THEO 342. The Four Constitutions of Vatican II

3 credit course

Old course number 106-0603

The Second Vatican Council (1963-1965) was the major event in the Church in the twentieth century. It is also perhaps the most misunderstood event. This course will examine the four constitutions (the highest ranking documents issued by a council)-two on the Church, one on divine Revelation, and one on the Sacred Liturgy.               

The two constitutions on the Church deal with the way the Church works (People of God, Hierarchy, Laity, Religious and so on) and then the way that the Church carries the mission of Christ to the world. Students should be able to better explain one’s role in the Church and to exercise the mission given to all by their Baptism.

The Constitution on Divine Revelation takes up the way God reveals himself to us through the Sacred Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church. Faith is the response to God’s revelation so this is an important constitution and by the end of this part of the course students should be able to explain the role of Scripture and the role of Sacred Tradition and see how these impact each person.

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy explains what the Church’s liturgy is, how a person participates in it, and what the norms are. Students should be able to describe the different elements of authentic participation in the Church’s worship of God.

This course includes narrated power point presentation, audio transcriptions, and online discussions.

Please note: Because this course uses audio and flash technology, it is highly recommended that students have a high-speed internet connection and a flash player such as Adobe Flash or the Safari flash plug-in (MAC). Most will find that they already have flash. Otherwise, it is freely available on the web at Download assistance is available.

Alternatively, a written transcription of each lesson is provided in the course room.




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