Category Archives: Vatican II

Some Site Organization

Posting here might be a bit lighter over the summer. But I will be putting more work into other features here. Many years ago, we examined the Vatican II documents in section-by-section detail. Neil or I also added the occasional … Continue reading

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A Bishop Is More Than Employer

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to The Tablet with a legal defense for a British diocese: The diocese of Portsmouth this week insisted that a priest accused of abusing a child was employed “in the service” of God, not by … Continue reading

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Eric Stoltz has a really fine effort brewing. Go visit Conciliaria. From the site: Welcome to Conciliaria, where you can relive the moving and hope-filled days of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council, … Continue reading

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The Church as Sacrament of Hope?

(This is Neil) Some of the last words of Gaudium et Spes– the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World – read: By thus giving witness to the truth, we will share with others the … Continue reading

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Continuity: A Careful Consideration

Many writers, with perhaps Pope Benedict foremost among them, have written of the value of continuity in liturgy, especially in liturgical reform. I don’t wish to dismiss the virtue of continuity out of hand, but I would like to put … Continue reading

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The Place and View of Vatican II

I held off from mentioning my own reaction to one key passage in the pope’s letter of this past week. Here are the Holy Father’s words: The Church’s teaching authority cannot be frozen in the year 1962 — this must … Continue reading

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Interfaith Dialogue, A Point

The young miss was running late this morning, so on the drive to school I heard NPR’s spot on Pope Benedict’s letter to an Italian conservative author casting doubt, supposedly, on interfaith dialogue. The NYT has a cryptic summary, and … Continue reading

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