Posts Tagged ‘Vatican II’

Structural renewal to be a Church of the poor

Friday, December 6th, 2013

It’s like a dream or a movie. In less than a year, Pope Francis has transformed the dominant discourse around Catholicism from scandal and despair to joy and the evangelical demands in light of poverty and economic exclusion. “Each individual Christian and every community,” he wrote in Evangelii Gaudium last week, “is called to be an instrument Read more

Just one world: An astronaut on Vatican II

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Being one of the first human beings to orbit the planet most certainly brings a unique perspective to all aspects of human life, including faith and ethics. Many of the first astronauts and cosmonauts who returned to our little blue dot in the universe brought back messages of peace and human unity. Coming from members Read more

SSPX scorns prospect of agreement with Holy See

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The head of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X has denounced Vatican II, described the post-conciliar Mass as “evil”, and said he is grateful the group never reached an accommodation with the Holy See. Bishop Bernard Fellay also said: “The situation of the Church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making Read more

The paradox of Pope Francis

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Who could have imagined what has happened in the last weeks? When I decided, months ago, to resign all of my official duties on the occasion of my 85th birthday, I assumed I would never see fulfilled my dream that — after all the setbacks following the Second Vatican Council — the Catholic church would Read more

Benedict XVI and the end of the ‘virtual Council’

Friday, April 26th, 2013

In one of the last acts of his pontificate, Benedict XVI gave an address to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome on the Second Vatican Council.  In the address he drew a distinction between what he termed the Virtual Council, or Council of the Media, and the Real Council or Council of those who actually produced Read more

Pope Francis’ G8 and changing the Church

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Pope Francis I’s weekend announcement of a new council, the Group of Eight (G8), to advise him on Catholic Church governance and reforming the Church’s central administration (the Roman Curia) has been called the “most important step in the history of the church for the past 10 centuries” by Church historian Alberto Melloni. The group includes Australian Read more

Pope: Don’t resist Holy Spirit’s work in Vatican II

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Pope Francis has described the Second Vatican Council as “a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit” and said “stubborn” Catholics should not resist the Spirit as it pushes the Church forward. “We want to put the Holy Spirit to sleep,” the Pontiff said. “We want to ‘tame’ the Holy Spirit. And that doesn’t work, because Read more

Vatican II and the intimate thoughts of John XXIII

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The documentation on Vatican Council II was enriched a few days ago with a new text never published before. And of noteworthy value. It is made up of certain portions of the diary of Cardinal Roberto Tucci (in the photo), at the time the director of “La Civilta Cattolica.” And it was precisely this magazine Read more

Pope John XXIII’s ideal of renewal

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The future Blessed Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli’s vision stretched far, very far.  Vatican II had to return to its evangelical roots and get rid of the shell that had built up around it over the centuries, driving it further and further away from its Master. “There will never be a Pius XIII”: to Read more

50 years ago young Benedict XVI was a harbinger of hope at Vatican Council

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Fifty years ago, on October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council. There were number of fearful and vocal bishops at the first session of the Second Vatican Council says Christchurch priest, Father John O’Connor, “but they were were overwhelmed by voices of hope.” And, he says, “among those harbingers of hope Read more