HE FOLLOWING audio files have been posted by permission of Fr. Christopher Smith, Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors, South Carolina. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has been highly sought as a speaker on sacred music, liturgy, theology, and catechesis. Fr. Smith is fluent in numerous languages, and not long ago was the subject of a CWR article called “Traditional Liturgy Flourishing in the Bible Belt.”
Fr. Smith recently gave a series of seven (7) talks on the Second Vatican Council. He has generously made these available as audio files, which you can download below.
I am not aware of a more excellent series on Vatican II.
In our first installment, we discuss why this council is so important to the life of the Church, and why it is crucial that we understand how interpretive questions really influence everything in the life of the Church.
Part 2 asks “What is an ecumenical council anyway? Why do we have them, and why are they so important in the life of the Church?”
In Part 3, we look at the liturgical movement, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Mediator Dei, and all manner of liturgy related questions with regard to Vatican II.
In Part 4, we look closely at the Constitution on the Church and discuss a lot of the theological preparation for that document, including Pius XII’s Mystici corporis.
Revelation is at the heart of the Church’s message. But what is the role of Scripture and Tradition in the deposit of faith? In Part 5, we look at everything from the theological background to Vatican II to this important document of the Council and its aftermath.
In Part 6, we talk about one of the most controversial document of Vatican II, on the Church in the Modern World, placing in the context of everything from Humani generis to current theological debates.
When all is said and done, what are the major unresolved issues from the four major constitutions of Vatican II, and what are we as a Church facing now that stems from those issues? Part 7 explores all of this and more.