Second Vatican Council

William Friedkin says he hopes his new documentary will help the woman whom he filmed receiving an exorcism.
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. That may be the most important message contained in Pope Francis' remarkable interview with the Jesuit press last week.
Soon two modern figures will be declared saints. Both were popes, but the seeds of saintliness showed long before their elections.
Reacting to the news, the Jesuit author Father James Martin wrote in an email to The Huffington Post: The Vatican has not
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* * * The once-outsider church was now well-rooted on U.S. soil, but in Southern California, where young George grew up, Catholics
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."
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.