- Sep 29, 2020
What every bishop I’ve ever spoken to who’s taken part in a Vatican synod would say, and I mean unanimously, is this: The experience helped them think in a more global way about the vicissitudes of the Church.
The ironic juxtaposition of two stories on the same day illustrates a chronic confusion within the Church about what an “option for the poor” actually means.
One could make the argument that the Vatican II figure to whom Pope Francis is closest actually isn’t John XXIII but rather Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro of Bologna, Italy, the council’s leading apostle of the “option for the poor.”
Paulist Father Thomas Stransky, credited internationally as a pioneer in the Catholic Church’s ecumenical and interfaith relations stemming from the Second Vatican Council, died Sept. 3 on his 89th birthday.
From the very beginning, Francis has seen his pontificate as a revival and concrete application of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the ecumenical council summoned by “Good Pope John.”
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has broken his general silence to comment on the clerical abuse scandals, saying the sexual revolution of the late 1960s set the stage.