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In our continuing review of the 5-DVD series, “Faithful Revolution: Vatican II,” we feature the fifth title: “The Dynamics of Hope.”

mc dynamicsofhopeIn our continuing review of the 5-DVD series, “Faithful Revolution: Vatican II,” we feature the fifth title: “The Dynamics of Hope.” The initial film, Genius of the Heart, highlighted the council’s liturgical reforms, and the second film, “Inspired Awakening” focused on the Church’s embrace of the pluralistic, modern world. The third documentary, Human Dignity,” examined the Council’s teachings on evangelization, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. The fourth DVD, A World Transformed,” highlighted Lay Leadership, Associations of the Faithful, Civil Rights and the Peace Movement. This final DVD focuses on the initial implementation and interpretation of the Council from the mid-1960s to the later 1990s through the pontificates of Paul VI and John Paul II. Paul VI shepherded the Council to its conclusion with diplomatic vigor. John Paul II, formed by his participation in the Council, especially in the composition of the Declaration on Religious Liberty, deepened the dialogue with the peoples of the world through his extensive travels and long pontificate. The Council watchwords of renewal, dialogue and collegiality are explored in their historical realities. The emergence of Liberation Theology, as an application of the Council’s ‘preferential option for the poor’ and a source of conflict between certain dioceses and the Universal Church, is examined in some detail. Expert commentary and film footage highlight the 1968 Latin American Bishops’ Conference and the activities of Bishop Samuel Ruiz in Chiapas, Mexico. In this review of thirty years of implementation of Council teachings, and our knowledge of the ensuing fifteen years, we recognize the truth in socialist Fr. Andrew Greeley’s prediction, “In the long run, Vatican II is going to shape this Church for the next 500 years.” Order “The Dynamics of Hope” from the Media Resource Center @ or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).

(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)