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Reacting to Different Ways of Thinking

Looking at Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish person or a Gentile.

Systemic Change Begins with Education

St. Vincent instinctively realized the role of laypersons in bringing about systemic change.

“The joys and hopes” – Gaudium et Spes begins its 50 year

“The joys and hopes” – Gaudium et Spes (Vatican II) begins its 50th year – How does the church based on a document two thousand years old, relate that past to the present?” There are two joyful authoritative answers to that “Gaudium et Spes” and “Evangelii Gaudium”.

The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The tone of the debates about the document, “The Church in Modern World”, during a two year discussion of the document that has shaped the church for 50 years, seems eerily reminiscent of the discussion of the Synod of Bishops.

Pope – don’t turn back the clock

Pope – don’t turn back the clock

Under the heading "Pope: 2nd Vatican Council, work of Holy Spirit but some want to turn back the clock" Vatican Radio reports on his attitude and words regarding Vatican II. Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit pushes people and the Church forward but we resist this and...

Superior General reflects on Pope Francis

Superior General reflects on Pope Francis

A New Pope, with a Vincentian Heart The following is a reflection on the recent election of Pope Francis by Fr. G. Gregory Gay,C.M., Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity: When Pope Francis was announced as our new Pope, I...

“Band of Sisters” trailer

“Band of Sisters” trailer

Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given...

Paul VI on Vatican II liturgy

Paul VI on Vatican II liturgy

The rejection of the Vatican II liturgy is a rejection of its ecclesiology and theology. In his newly published book True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium, Massimo Faggioli narrates Paul's response when his philosopher friend Jean Guitton...

Fr. Barron – Spirit of Vatican II

Fr. Robert Barron, who some consider as a contemporary Bishop Fulton Sheen, share his reflections on the meaning of Vatican II. As someone who was privileged to have been present in St. Peter's while the Council was in session his reflections brought back many...

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