- Sep 30, 2020
A major Rome summit on Saturday is hardly the first time the Church has seen a rift between the pope and some of his bishops.
Two Iongtime Italian rivals over the meaning of Vatican II collided again on Tuesday, with one backing a reading based on continuity and the other insisting the key point is that the council looked forward, not just back.
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.”