I see three particular fruits of the Second Vatican Council as significant for Anglicans, and other non-Roman Christian traditions.
First was putting the liturgy into the vernacular: the Mass was no longer a mystery, but something all could understand. ICET's Prayers we have in Common emerged in 1970, and many saw that we were closer theologically than previously realised. One unhappy consequence was growing misunderstanding of 'hospitality': few non-RCs would want to receive communion at a Latin Mass (and only a small proportion of Catholics then did so regularly).
Common language, and reception becoming normal across most Christian traditions, saw hospitality become a possibility — and a barrier.
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