- Oct 30, 2020
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Second Vatican Council continues to have an enduring impact on the Catholic Church and on the papacy of Pope Francis. That gathering of bishops from around the world presented a new paradigm of a “world church — a church with a global dimension,” said the cardinal, who is the Vatican’s secretary of state.
Gregory Baum, an ex-priest who was a participant at Vatican II, has died at the age of 94. Baum attended all three sessions of the council as a peritus, or theological expert, consulting on “Nostra Aetate”; the Decree on Ecumenism; and the Declaration on Religious Freedom. He later caused controversy over his views on women’s ordination and same-sex marriage.
Time and again, older Catholics will tell how their beloved old churches were torn from them and harsh, modernist buildings were imposed on their parish by pastors, bishops, and members of diocesan liturgical committees. But in recent years, new Catholic churches, especially in the American South, are being built in traditional styles of Catholic architecture.
Father Robert Imbelli wonders whether the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council, after fifty years of checkered reception, has resulted in a new Pentecost or a new Babel. He ponders whether the idea and practice of sacramental Catholicism has been discarded by some to the detriment of many.
At the Pontifical Gregorian University presentation of the Italian edition of the seventh book in a series of Joseph Ratzinger’s complete works, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller discussed the key differences between theology and ideology.
Currently performing in Broadway’s hit new musical “Waitress,” actor Dakin Matthews was a seminarian in Rome during the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, and says the transition from preparing for the priesthood to acting felt natural because both are professions in which you give.