Vatican II

Letter #76, 2022, Thursday, June 16: “Restorers”

    "Restorationism has come to gag the Council [Pope Francis referring to the Second Vatican Council, 1962-1965]. The number of groups of 'restorers' – for example, in the United States there are many – is significant." —Pope Francis, in a May 19 conversation in Rome with Jesuit magazine editors from a number of countries. The full [...]

Letter #25, Monday, September 21, 2020: The debate continues

 The Debate over Vatican II Continues     The recent intense debate over the Second Vatican Council, launched in early June by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (link), engaged in since by a number of Catholic scholars, is still continuing after more than three months.     Today's letter includes:     (1) a June 29 response to Viganò by Dr. Peter [...]

Letter #15, Tuesday, July 28, 2020: Dossier Vatican II Essay #3: Dr. John C. Cavadini

    This essay is the third in an Inside the Vatican Dossier on the current debate over the Second Vatican II (1962-1965) touched off in June by a long essay published by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (link).     Essay #1, by Prof. Anthony Esolen, may be found here.     Essay #2, by Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM Capuchin, may be [...]

Progress in Catholic relations with Russian Orthodox world

Fr Hyacinthe Destivelle, from the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, talks about prospects for the new phase of relationships between Moscow and the Holy See While Churches in the West prepare to celebrate the Epiphany this Sunday, Christians in much of the Eastern Orthodox world, which follows the ancient Julian calendar, are gearing up for their [...]

Letter #57, 2016: Adieu Padre Amorth

September 16, 2016, Friday -- Adieu, Padre Amorth "I, afraid of that beast? It is he who should be afraid of me: I work in the name of the Lord of the world. He is just the monkey of God." —Father Gabriele Amorth, the famous Italian exorcist who was the exorcist for the diocese of Rome [...]

The “Diary” of the Secretary General of the Second Vatican Council

It is a volume of almost 600 pages published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the Vatican Press): The Conciliar Diary of Msgr. Pericle Felici, General Secretary of the Second Vatican Council (LEV, 596 pp.), edited by Archbishop Agostino Marchetto. The book is an important help in understanding the history of the Second Vatican Council, as in its pages [...]

Christ is the Light of the Nations

Pope Paul VI promulgated the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, known by its first words Lumen Gentium (“The Light of the Nations”) on November 21, 1964 —51 years ago. What did it say? “Christ is the Light of nations.” —First words of Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, promulgated by Pope [...]