Reflections on Vatican II

Vatican II (Calnewman.org)The Second Vatican Council (1962-5) stands apart as one of the single most important events of modern Church history, not only because of the number of Christians that the Church at Rome influences, but also because of the magnitude and depth of the canons of the council. While a thorough examination remains outside the parameters of our course, here we examine three of the most interesting and impactful sections of the Vatican II documents, those decrees on Indulgences, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Non-Christian Religions. Through our examination of these sections we will note the interesting connection of the Vatican II statements to the history of the Catholic Church. Continue reading

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Living Conciliarly

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”–Stephen R. Covey

Conciliar PostI have forgotten where I first saw that quote, but I do remember that I was immediately impressed with its accurate assessment of contemporary culture and discourse. How often do we listen, discuss, or read with the intention of learning? How much worse do those skills become once we’ve opened our web browser and entered the world of 140 character Twitter interaction, sound-bite news, rhetoric-oriented politics, #hashtagactivism, internet forums, Facebook statuses, and polarizing worldviews? In my assessment, Covey is right–today, people don’t seriously, thoughtfully, and civilly dialogue, we have it out in the comments section, we engage so that we may “show” people where they are wrong. Does it really have to be this way? Continue reading

Announcing Conciliar Post

Conciliar PostI am pleased to announce the launching of Conciliar Post, a website dedicated to the promotion of edifying dialogue which informs, encourages, and challenges people around the world.

As the About page indicates, “Conciliar Post is a collection of theological conversations, journeys of faith, reflections on Christianity, and commentary on current events from a Christian perspective. The authors hail from a variety of Christian traditions and use this website to host an intentional community in order to facilitate the true exchange of ideas and to encourage loving action.” Conversations at Conciliar Post are all about faithful and serious dialogue about serious topics in our world today.

As Managing Editor and Author, I am am very excited about the launch of Conciliar Post, as well as the superb team of authors we have assembled. Included are a wide range of theological traditions and backgrounds, making Conciliar Post one of only a few websites which are truly conciliar and ecumenical in scope.

I encourage you to visit Conciliar Post, take a look around, and consider following our work (either by email or social media). You’ll be glad that you did.