Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, professor Phyllis Zagano examines the possibility of women deacons.
Phyllis Zagano is a senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Her most recent books include Women in Ministry: Emerging Questions about the Diaconate (Paulist, 2012).
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Before the obligatory “Ave Maria” and a crazy aunt leading “YMCA” at the reception, guests at a Catholic wedding witness “a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation of children.” But this was not always the case. For more than a thousand years of church history, this idea of marriage faced plenty of healthy competition.
Kathleen Manning is a historian and writer living in Chicago.
Though the evangelists shouldn't be confused with reporters, they've left clues to the facts behind our biblical faith.
Jesus has his normally crowded itinerary this month. In our Sunday readings he'll be lecturing his disciples on why they don't need more faith--they just need faith. Then he'll be chased by 10 lepers crying out for a miracle. After dispatching them whole, if not unanimously grateful, he'll teach a lesson or two about the importance of prayer. Then that needy tax collector Zacchaeus, dangling from a tree, will catch his attention.
Alice Camille is the author of Working Toward Sainthood (Twenty-Third Publications) and other titles available at www.alicecamille.com.
Fifty years after the game-changing Second Vatican Council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times. Here, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald considers the importance of Christian-Muslim encounters.
British-born Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald is one of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. Until August 2012 he served as apostolic nuncio in Egypt. Prior to that he was president (2002-2006) and secretary (1987-2002) of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
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Fifty years after the game-changing council a new generation helps the church respond to today’s signs of the times.
Rather than taking another nostalgic look back at the Second Vatican Council, the editors of U.S. Catholic decided to mark this month’s 50th anniversary of its opening by inviting some of today’s leading thinkers in the church to sketch out principles that might guide the people of God in responding to several new signs of the times.
In this article in the November 1966 issue of U.S. Catholic, German Jesuit Father Karl Rahner, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century, writes about what Catholics should do to make church renewal in the wake of the Second Vatican Council more than a promise.
The vision of the Second Vatican Council was broad and ambitious. In this Glad You Asked from the U.S. Catholic archives, Lawrence Cunningham give a progress report on the council’s reforms and renewal.