Vatican II: Inside the Council

What caused Pope John XXIII to call bishops from around the world to Rome for an ecumenical summit in 1962? Explore the political, scientific, and social events that sparked Vatican II — and set the greatest event in modern Church history into motion. With commentary from theologians Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Msgr. John Strynkowski, and Rev. James Massa.

Recent Episodes


Ep. 3: Lumen Gentium & The Church

March 12, 2013

“Lumen Gentium” — how did these radical words resound in the face of the lifestyle shift of the 1960s? Top theologians Richard […]

Ep. 4: Dei Verbum

March 18, 2013

As the Bishops turn their attention to Holy Scripture and the 2000-year old tradition of the Church, how will the “Word of […]

Ep. 6: Ecumenism

April 15, 2013

Discover how the Council has inspired and helped to cultivate relationships between the Church and other denominations and faiths.

Ep. 7: Gaudium Et Spes

April 29, 2013

Since its very founding, the Church has had a strong connection to the poor and those in need. How would Vatican II […]

Ep. 8: Missionary Activity – Ad Gentes

May 14, 2013

“Missionary Activity/Ad Gentes” takes a look at World Youth Day, and the Council’s call to Mission through the New Evangelization. Meet the […]

Ep. 9: Inter Mirifica and the Media

May 24, 2013

The technology of the 60s was exponentially rising when Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council. But how would Vatican II […]