Vatican II Talks


To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council the Brentwood Commission for Evangelisation and Formation arranged a series of nine talks which illustrated the breadth of the work of the Council. The highly-experienced speakers offer a survey of the teaching of the Council and its impact. The talks are all available here:


Mgr George StokesThe Four Pillars of Vatican II
Mgr George Stokes, ex-diocesan Director of Education, explores the four Constitutions of Vatican II: on the Church, Revelation, the Liturgy, and the Church in the Modern World.

Scripture and Tradition Rev Dr Adrian Graffy
Rev Dr Adrian Graffy, scripture scholar, author and Director of the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation, talks on the teaching of Vatican II on the Bible.

Rev Dr David Chapman Ecumenism: an evaluation
Rev Dr David Chapman is heavily involved in ecumenical dialogue on behalf of the Methodist Church and discusses what the ecumenism promoted by Vatican II has achieved.

Mgr David MansonTowards Authentic Liturgy
Mgr David Manson, Vicar General, parish priest at Ingatestone and diocesan liturgist,considers Sacrosanctum Concilium and the development of the liturgy after Vatican II.

Michelle MoranThe Universal Call to Holiness
Michelle Moran, President of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and founding member of the Sion Community, reveals the new movements and groups in the Vatican II church.

Fr Paul KeaneThe Catholic Church and Freedom of Conscience
Fr Paul Keane, Catholic chaplain to Essex University and parish priest, tells the story of the Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae, and explores its repercussions.

Sr Bridget TigheGo and teach all nations!
Sr Bridget Tighe, of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood, explains how the Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church, Ad Gentes, gave new impetus to the Church’s mission.

Fr Dominic HowarthPriest, Prophet and King
Fr Dominic Howarth, diocesan Director of Vocations and parish priest at Basildon, examines the deepening understanding of priesthood and personal vocation in the Vatican II church.

Sr Margaret ShepherdVatican II and the Jews
Sr Margaret Shepherd, secretary to the Committee for Catholic – Jewish Relations, a Sister of Sion, shares the teaching of the Declaration Nostra Aetate, and asks what difference it has made.