HOW VATICAN II TURNED THE CHURCH TOWARD THE WORLD

'"THE whole world expects a step forward," said John : XXIII as he opened the Second Vatican Council in October 1962. When Pope Paul VI formally closed it last week, church." he heralded Whatever it the as future's "among the judgment, greatest there can events be of the little doubt that the council indeed represents a major and momentous step forward in carrying Christendom's oldest, largest body into modern times and bringing it into closer contact with all men — Catholic or not, Christian or not, religious or not.

Vatican II was strikingly...