Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a 50-minute lecture on the meaning and significance of Pope Francis on Thursday at The Catholic University of America.
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Canada's Catholic bishops examine the church's connection with other Christian churches in a document marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's decree on ecumenism.
Titled "A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians," the document reviews the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops with various ecumenical partners including the Orthodox, the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and others since the council.
Pope Francis praised Blessed Paul VI as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church" at Paul's beatification Mass on Sunday.
Pope Paul VI was best known for reaffirming the church's ban on artificial contraception, but Pope Francis is focusing on Paul's other groundbreaking, though often overlooked, contributions.
"This morning in the free discussion, some of the synod fathers and participants said openly that they felt the spirit of Vatican II very much."
Analysis: The American Procedural Norms of the 1960s streamlined the church's judicial process for tens of thousands of American Catholics.
Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St. Pius X met for two hours Tuesday with Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church."
The renewal and change following the Second Vatican Council has led to the issues women religious now face, Franciscan Sr. Nancy Schreck said Thursday.
We say: The bishops seem unaware of these threatening obstacles, many of them inherent in the very culture out of which the bishops work.