BROOKLYN, NY – Merely days after Pope Benedict XVI criticized media for misrepresenting Vatican II, NET (New Evangelization Television) tonight debuts VATICAN II: INSIDE THE COUNCIL, a 10-part series beginning Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 PM ET.
CNA/EWTN reported that “Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version. ‘The world interpreted the council through the eyes of the media instead of seeing the true council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,’ said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall on Feb. 14. ‘Fifty years later, the strength of the real council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,’ he told the priests gathered to meet him.” (See more of the Holy Father’s comments at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-media-helped-spread-misinterpretations-of-vatican-ii/)
Now NET’s VATICAN II: INSIDE THE COUNCIL focuses on the history of Vatican II to educate, enlighten and entertain viewers with a joyful, inspiring and faithful perspective. By examining the events leading up to this milestone, the council itself and how it has shaped the faith of people today, this fast-paced program includes commentary from experts around the world. Shot in Rome, Vatican II: Inside the Council speaks to the “living history” of the event, profiling the council popes, but also celebrating the life of Benedict XVI, who served as a theological expert to the bishops at Vatican II and had made the council’s themes central to his pontificate.
Vatican II: Inside the Council comes from the same team that produced the Catholic reality series Minor Revisions with Jennifer Fulwiler, which airs on NET and Verizon FiOS On Demand.
NET is a division of DeSales Media Group, media outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn led by Bishop Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio.
NET is on New York City’s TimeWarner Channel 97 and Cablevision Channel 30. It’s also on Verizon FiOS On-Demand in Albany, NY; Baltimore, MD; Buffalo, NY; Boston, MA; Dallas, TX; Harrisburg, PA; Los Angeles, CA; New York City; New Jersey; Pittsburg, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Richmond, VA; Syracuse, NY; Tampa, FL; and Washington, D.C.
VATICAN II: INSIDE THE COUNCIL includes:
Edwin Cardinal O’Brien of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Francesco Cardinal Coccopalmario of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
George Cardinal Pell, A.C., Archbishop of Sydney, Australia
Richard R. Gaillardetz, Ph.D. of Boston College
Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. of the University of St. Mary of the Lake
Msgr. John J. Strynkowski, S.T.D., rector of St. James Cathedral Basilica, Brooklyn
John L. Allen Jr., journalist and Vaticanologist
Rev. James Massa, Ph.D. of St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York
Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D. of University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, Ph.D. of Boston College
Elizabeth Lev of Duquesne University
Marco Impagliazzo, consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture