The Second Vatican Council changed the relationship between Catholics and Jews forever. To historian John Connelly, that represents nothing less than a revolution.
The next pope’s first key choice will be his papal name. Choosing John would signal a desire to extend the legacy of John XXIII, the pontiff who brought us the progressive Vatican II council.
Converted clerics, including those born Jews, were a key force behind the Catholic reforms of Vatican II. That fact in no way undermines the body of faith behind them.
A very intriguing piece by Politico’s David Gibson in the Washington Post Sunday Outlook section claims, much as I argued in a column back in August (but in greater depth), that Pope Benedict XVI is engaged in a sweeping campaign to remake the church. In large part what he’s trying to do is to roll back some of the reforms of Vatican II and make Catholicism what it once was, at least as he remembers it.