|Title:||WHY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS VATICAN II|
T. P. O'Mahony
|Number of pages:||112|
The Roman Cathohlic Church faces fundamental problems both in the universal church and particularly in the centre in Rome. Much of this arises from the failure of the church to implement some of the key ideas agreed by the bishops of the world at the Second Vatican Council over forty years ago. These include the redefinition of the church as “The People of God” and the vision of church authority as being exercised in collegiality between the pope and the bishops of the world.
The only way things can be changed is the calling of another council of the bishops of the world – Vatican III – and the finalizing of the unfinished business of the previous council. This will not happen during the papacy of Joseph Ratzinger so it will have to await the arrival of his successor.
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