- Jan 25, 2020
The Second Vatican Council’s document on the Church in the modern world was the culmination of the council’s efforts “to descend from the icy heights of abstraction to respond to human lives as they really are being lived,” said Jesuit Father John O’Malley, a leading historian.
Pope Francis added an extra stop to his schedule in Chile on Monday, making time to visit the tomb of a local prelate known as the “bishop of the poor,” who resisted human rights abuses during the years of military rule.
In a session with Italian Catholic theologians on Friday, Pope Francis urged them to be “faithful and anchored” to the Second Vatican Council, especially its spirit of “creative fidelity.”
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley on Wednesday expressed understanding for all those who see the death of Cardinal Bernard Law through the lens of the clerical sexual abuse scandals, but also insisted that Law’s life was richer than that.
Is Pope Francis an historic reformer? Well, it depends on whether Vatican II, the Franciscan reform, the child sexual abuse scandals, Vatican finances, or something else altogether is your core test of reform.