Programs

The Vatican’s Lost War?

Catholicism is in crisis. If exceptional measures are not taken, the Catholic Church will die. That was the deep personal belief of John XXIII when he was elected Pope in 1958. Two months later, he announced to the astonished cardinals who had just elected him that he was going to convene a great Council in Rome – Vatican II.

Taking another look at what Vatican II was and what its repercussions have been helps us to understand the crisis and the dilemmas facing the Catholic Church today. What was at stake at the time was the very vocation of the Church and its identity. A deep disconnection had grown between the Church and the times.

This is the extraordinary story of the pope who understood that his house was falling down but who, in his attempts to renovate it, triggered a battle that it may well not survive.

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2012
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: ALEGRIA PRODUCTIONS
  • Director: Patrick Benquet
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

VOD LINKS

Related Programs

The Last Prayer? Christians in the Middle East

As ISIS and other extremists threaten, enslave and kill Christians, is their history in the birthplace of their faith coming to an end?

More info

The Vatican and the Third Reich: An Unholy Alliance

Why did Pope Pius XII chose to keep quiet in the face of the crimes committed by the Nazis throughout Europe?

More info