The Year of Faith
Pope John faced some serious opposition from the heads of the various Vatican offices. Those curial officials saw no need--some even saw a danger--in opening up the internal working of the Church to all of the bishop of the world. Pope John calmly and convincingly assured them that they were not the only ones who understood what the Church is all about. If anything, Vatican II restated firmly the universal role of each and every bishop.
It might be good for all of us to re-read the documents of the Council. I know that I hear a lot of statements concerning what Vatican II said or did. It may be good during this Year of Faith to go back and read the message of the council in the words of the Council Fathers who wrote the documents that have such a fantastic influence on our Church today.