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.
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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.
Emeritus Archbishop John R. Quinn has argued that the idea of a decentralized church is hardly novel and is based on governing models in place 1,500 years ago.
Pope Francis signed a decree Friday recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI and authorized publication of the Oct. 19 beatification date.