By Denis Murphy
While Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were being canonized in St. Peter’s Square last April 27, before what some estimate as the largest crowd gathered in Europe for a religious purpose in living memory, Pope Paul VI rested in his quiet dark tomb under the high altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
I got a copy of the paperback edition of “What Happened at Vatican II” by John W. O’Malley, SJ, and it is a fascinating read. O’Malley is the author of three other books, all published, like his fourth, by Harvard University Press. He is a university professor at Georgetown University, and for those not familiar with the academe, the rank of university professor is an honor given to a very select few who are, at the very least, intellectual giants of international repute (the University of the Philippines may have less than 20 of them—among the first being Gelia Castillo, Mercedes Concepcion, and Jose Encarnacion).
By Asuncion David Maramba
“If I’m obliged to bring religion into after-dinner toasts …. I shall drink to conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards.” That’s by Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman. It’s good that giants of the Church make such bold statements. They protect lesser mortals from being denounced when the latter think and say likewise. Despite [...]
In one of the annual seminars I attended, a priest-speaker asked who among us knew of Vatican II. I promptly raised my hand, glanced around and, to my chagrin, discovered that there was only one other raising her hand. Instead of showing curiosity why others didn’t know about it, the priest smiled, which struck me [...]
This refers to Prof. Asuncion Maramba’s commentary titled “Time to revisit Vatican II” (Inquirer, 11/26/12). After feeling depressed over the prognosis for the reproductive health bill, seemingly, in part, because of the fear of clericalism, I was uplifted by her succinct summary of Vatican II. Although the council’s thrust has been temporarily blunted, there is, as she says, a scope for hope. I enjoyed the quote from John XXIII about “inches of condemnation.” I have not read that before.