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Second Vatican Council

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

The Culture War Is Over

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The culture war is over. That may be the most important message contained in Pope Francis' remarkable interview with the Jesuit press last week.

John XXIII and John Paul II: New Models for Holiness

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Soon two modern figures will be declared saints. Both were popes, but the seeds of saintliness showed long before their elections.

Saint John XXIII!!!

Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis announced the canonization of Pope John XXIII today alongside the announcement of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. The announc...

Atheists: Saved Or Damned?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

On May 22 Pope Francis spoke about how the redemption brought about by Christ applied to the whole human race and that he would not be surprised to find himself sharing heaven even with atheists, at least with atheists who seek to do good. The very next day, the pope was corrected.

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed The Call?

John L. Esposito | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Pope Francis now faces an institutional church in need of substantial rebuilding and reform: a deeply divided church theologically; an entrenched and flawed, some would say incompetent, Vatican bureaucracy; a legacy of decades of scandals (in particular pedophilia) and of deception by members of the hierarchy; and an exodus of Catholics in Europe and America.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0

Michael Novak | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Michael Novak

2013-03-12-300x70_blog_lets_talkcopy.pngTwo renowned Catholic commentators discuss the challenges the church, and a new pope, will face in the early 21st century.

EXCERPT: Will Evangelical Catholics Save the Church?

George Weigel | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
George Weigel

2013-03-11-9780465027682_p0_v2_s260x420.JPGGrasped in its fullness, Evangelical Catholicism invites Catholics (and indeed all who are interested in the Catholic Church) to move beyond the left/right surface arguments of past decade and learn a new way of looking at the recent Catholic past.

Remember Vatican II Because Who Becomes Pope Matters To The Rest Of Us

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.

Will The New Pope Help To Improve Catholic Church Architecture?

Thom Nickels | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

No matter where I travel, whether it's to Louisville, Ky., Vienna, a remote island in the Caribbean, Paris, Montreal or Quebec City -- I see revamped Catholic sacred spaces and cathedrals stripped bare.

Questions For The Next Pope: Is Garry Wills A Catholic? Am I?

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Robert E. Murphy

These questions come to me as, almost simultaneously, the pope resigns, America's leading newspaper reports day after day about continuing sexual abuse, homosexual culture and political intrigue in the Church, and Professor Wills, this country's most longstanding and prolific Catholic gadfly, publishes perhaps his most iconoclastic book yet about Christian faith.

Teacher Who Returned To Church Roots

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, April 4, 2005, a priest walked up to the Renaissance palazzo housing the Vatican's doctrine department and asked the d...

Is The Pope Catholic?

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

When Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict, virtually everyone wanted him to do well and to lead the Catholic Church toward the highest values of love and justice in the global world of faith. There was reason for hope.

Will The Next Pope Make A Difference?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It will really take a miracle, the suffusion of the College by the Holy Spirit, the Interbreathing Spirit of all life, to change the Church by election of a pope more in the tradition of Jesus and John XXIII.

A Catholic Leader Calls For Church Reform

Cara McDonough | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Cara McDonough

Louis DeThomasis is willing to speak out against what he describes as an increasingly inflexible hierarchy, unwilling to bend or even discuss such issues as the droves of young people fleeing the Catholic Church, the difficult questions surrounding sex abuse scandals and ordaining women.

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

'Catholic' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 12.20.2012 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The origin of the word and its usage in Christianity for millennia suggests something quite different from what we might initially think. And what it really means has profound implications for what it means to be a Christian in the world and how we should conceive of being "church."

Is Sanskrit (In)dispensable For Hindu Liturgy?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

It may be a critical time for Hindus, especially diasporic Hindus, to reflect on this. After all, many second-generation diasporic Hindus are neither familiar with Sanskrit nor with the vernacular language of their parents and may, consequently, opt to jettison their Hindu identities.

Pope Marks 50th Anniversary Of Vatican II With Warnings Of Spiritual 'Desert'

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Oct. 11) urged Catholics to confront the spiritual "desert" of today's secularized world and to redi...

50 Years Ago, Vatican II Changed The Catholic Church -- And The World

Religion News Service | John Pope | Posted 10.12.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Fifty years ago on Thursday (Oct. 11), hundreds of elaborately robed leaders strode into St. Peter's Basilica in a massive display of solemn ecc...

Vatican II: A Call To Break Down Barriers

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

We should look to the Second Vatican Council for guidance and wisdom as we seek to make our house a place where no door is ever locked, but only awaiting a knock.

Nuns of America Unite

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With each new discovery proving a Biblical assertion wrong, the Church retreats to the safety of errors in interpretation or dismissing the discrepancy as unimportant. They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.

Legacy Of Vatican II At Heart Of Dispute Between Vatican, American Nuns

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | Kim Lawton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (RNS) Fifty years after Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council to modernize the Roman Catholic Church, the legacy of tha...

Breakaway Catholic Group Plays Hard To Get With Vatican

AP | Posted 07.19.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- A breakaway group of traditionalist Roman Catholics has sent the Vatican mixed messages about ending a quarter-century of schism. The...