Some people think Vatican II ruined the Church-- or worse, that it didn't change it that much. Those people are, to put it bluntly, wrong.
It all started with this cute little guy...
But then something shocking happened! John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council!
It was going to be an ecumenical council and focus on changing the Church to adapt to the modern world.
Some people did NOT want change
Although the progressives were stoked!
But John XXIII and Pope Paul VI, his successor, had different ideas
You see at the time, the Church-- from liturgy to laity, from structure to ideology-- was VERY different.
What was so different about it?
Moreover, the mass was said in LATIN.
Well, luckily, the Holy Spirit guided the Church to Vatican II and the liturgy was changed so that now mass could be said in the vernacular!!
Back then, the Church was structured in a pyramid, or CEO, model of hierarchy
The Church was very juridical, clerical, and triumphalistic.
But now we follow a Communio model of Church! Everyone is important and the laity can contribute their opinions.
And these old obnoxious/expensive regal attire? We don't do that anymore!
Well for the most part....
Back then there was papal absolutism. Was that the way of the early Church?
Oh yeah, did we mention the Church then was kind of... well...antisemitic.?
Yeah. Basically the Roman Catholic Church was the one true Church of Christ, the Kingdom on Earth etc. and if you weren't Catholic, well, you had something else coming for you...
We didn't even get along with other Christians!
God sent the Holy Spirit to tell us that we had it all wrong!
Thank God! Vatican II came out with documents like Nostra Aetate, Declaration On the Relation Of the Church to Non-Christian Religions and Dignitatis Humanae, Declaration On Religious Freedom, which changed so much!
Even better, we learned that the Roman Catholic Church is not equal to the Church of Christ. Rather, the Church of Christ subsists in the Roman Catholic Church.
BUT that doesn't mean you can't evangelize!
But because everyone is different, teaching theology requires meeting people where they already are.
Aren't you so glad Vatican II happened?
Of course there's still plenty more that could be changed in the future
We can thank John XXIII for allowing the Holy Spirit to guide the Church