.- Calling Vatican II âan extraordinary ecclesial event,â Pope Benedict XVI has written to members of an international congress on the pontificate of John Paul II and the council, saying that the councilâs documents must continue to be applied to the Church to lead people to Christ and give them hope.
The Pontiff sent the message to the St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty which is hosting an international congress that opened today in Rome to discuss the theme, âVatican Council II on the Pontificate of John Paul II.â
In his letter, Benedict XVI noted that John Paul II âwelcomed the fundamental tenets of Vatican II,â making him a âqualified interpreter and coherent witness of the Council.â
John Paul IIâs âconstant concern was to make everyone aware of the advantages that would ensue from welcoming the conciliar vision, not only for the good of the Church, but also for that of civil society and of the people in it."
"We are all debtors of that extraordinary ecclesial event," Pope Benedict said as he described how the âvast doctrinal patrimonyâ found in the councilâs Dogmatic Constitutions, Declarations and Decrees, âstill stimulates us to a deep appraisal of the Word of the Lord in order to apply it to the Church today.â
Before concluding his message, the Pope also discussed St. Bonaventureâs teachings and Vatican II saying that the Church Father âcan still offer you valid guidelines with which to approach the conciliar documents in order to seek satisfying answers to the many questions of our time.â