Is It Time For Vatican Iii?

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Conventional conservative wisdom holds that the Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope John XXIII in 1962, is part of the church’s current problem.  By “letting the fresh air in,” the Roman Catholic Church invited all kinds of nonsense-guitar masses, nuns in blue jeans, and homosexual child predators-into its midst.  But look closely, Vatican II was convened before the Beatles came to America, before the Summer of Love. In other words, Vatican II was a prescient, even prophetic, effort to integrate the antique church with the modern world.

Such vision is needed again, though this papal administration is unlikely to provide it. On the fringes, certain prominent Catholic laypeople are calling for a Vatican III to reexamine church doctrine and practice. Celibacy, clerical marriage, and the role of women need to be revisited. So does the role of the laity.  Then there’s governance: why should the Vatican not operate as transparency as any global corporation? Finally, the Vatican needs to clarify its role vis-à-vis foreign governments. It needs to play ball within democratic societies -and turn over its criminals to the cops – while decrying human-rights abuses in countries where it hopes to continue to grow.

We may had different belief on this issue but we still wanted similar out come, and that is to make this world much safer and pe all humanity.



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