Not long after becoming pope, Benedict XVI openly wondered why the implementation of Vatican II has been so darned…complicated.
He said that many mistakenly believe that the post-Vatican II church has not lived up to the great Council, while others are wrong in believing that VII was supposed to represent a break from the pre-Council church.
B16 said: “Forty years after the Council, we can show that the positive is far greater and livelier than it appeared to be in the turbulent years around 1968. Today, we see that although the good seed developed slowly, it is nonetheless growing; and our deep gratitude for the work done by the Council is likewise growing.”
For the many Catholics who still have unanswered questions about Vatican II — okay, everybody — St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers would be a good place to visit next Wednesday (Feb 3). At 7:30 p.m., church historian Christopher Bellitto will speak on “Vatican II: The State of the Questions.”
I’ve known Bellitto since he was professor of church history at St. Joseph’s Seminary and associate dean of the seminary’s Institute of Religious Studies.
He is not only a real smart guy who loves church history, but he knows how to talk and write about it. He won’t be dull. He will know what people want to hear about and he will get to it with insight and humor.
I must say, he is a master of the sound bite — an important skill if you’re going to be interviewed by media people these days. Bellitto knows how to get to the heart of a matter directly and colorfully.
And at Dunwoodie, he won’t have to rush.
Does he know Vatican II? As an editor for Paulist Press, he created and edited “Rediscovering Vatican II,” only an 8-volume series by a team of international scholars.
He is currently Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, N.J., and the Academic Editor-at-Large for Paulist Press.
He got his doctorate at Fordham, so he’s still a local guy.
This is his first return engagement at Dunwoodie for a while. So check him out if you’re, you know, interested in Vatican II.
For more info: (914) 968-6200, ext. 8292.