From the first moment on the balcony overlooking Piazza San Pietro Pope Francis initiated a renewal in the Roman Catholic church. This renewal will (because we are all connected) influence the lives of all Christians, no matter their denominational affiliation.
In celebrating the 50th year of the Vatican II document on the Liturgy (titled Sacrosanctum Concilium) one of the speakers, Archbishop Piero Marini indicated that “The reforms launched by the Second Vatican Council are not behind us but ahead of us.”
Given all that has happened so far in the pontificate of Francis, I agree with the Archbishop. I believe (and I hope) that the reforms envisioned by the Second Vatican Council may begin to see the light of day—to the glory of God and for the welfare of all God’s people, and indeed, of all creation.
The full report of the Archbishop’s remarks (and others, too) is made by The Catholic Herald.co.uk: Vatican II’s reforms are still ahead of us, says Archbishop Marini.
Here are some other points to consider from this report:
- The ongoing reform of the liturgy and sacraments will continue to impact all areas of ministry done by the church, inspiring hope
- There is (apparently) a growing voice within Roman Catholicism to restore the ‘Sacraments of Initiation’ to a more ancient order: baptism-confirmation-eucharist (in contrast to the current order of baptism-eucharist-confirmation)
- A hope was expressed (in so many words) that the church follow the lead of the Pope and understand that there are no “outsiders.”
As we listen to the Spirit and share with each other, this will certainly become a theme to explore. What do you think?