Vatican 1 vs 2
Vatican 1 and Vatican 2 are names given to consecutive ecumenical councils that were held in 19th and 20th century to explain the relation of the Roman Church with the rest of the world. The two councils can be considered as a continuum as against trying to find out contradictions. However, it is true that more progressive have manipulated Vatican 2 in much the same way as more conservative had manipulated Vatican 1. After Vatican 1, it took generations to fully understand the implications of clarifications put forward and so is the case with Vatican 2. Let us take a closer look at the two Vatican Councils.
The two councils were held almost 100 years apart and under two different Popes, Pope Pious IX ratified Vatican 1, while Pope Paul VI ratified Vatican 2. The first ecumenical council of Catholic Church was cut short by a war, and so it is prudent to consider Vatican 2 as a continuation of the explanation that was put forward in Vatican 1. Christians all over the world are required to give their assent to all the teachings and are required to obey all the disciplinary rules church has put forward during our lifetimes.
Vatican 1 is famous for the principle of Papal infallibility, and because of this doctrine, it is impossible to contradict doctrines of the other council also. Both Vatican 1 and 2 produced many documents that were in fact re stated documents drawn from ancient doctrines of the church, which is the depository of the faith. Vatican 2 was longer and produced more documents ostensibly because Christian population had increased manifold by the time it took place (1963-65). Both councils however laid down disciplinary rules for the governance of Church in modern times.
Difference Between Vatican 1 and 2
• Vatican 1 was held in 1869-1870, while Vatican 2 was held in 1963-1965
• Vatican 1 is famous for the doctrine of Papal infallibility and triumph of Ultramontanists
• Vatican 2 is longer of the two and also produced many more documents than Vatican1
• Both however, are called ecumenical councils held to explain the relation of church with the rest of the world.