Adult Faith Development

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Jan. 18 Theology Discussion: Vatican II Liturgy (continuation of Dec. 7 discussion)

John O’Malley’s comments on the liturgy discussion and document:

O’Malley on Vat II Liturgy

I suggest that we read and analyze carefully the introd. and first chapter of the Constitution on the Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) Numbers 1-20.

The third selection contains two stories on the personal impact of the liturgical reform:

Liturgy personal stories


Nov. 16 Theology Discussion: Continuation of Discussion of Family Synod and Vatican II: Liturgy

Final Statement of the Synod on the Family

I suggest by way of review of material covered in detail by Xavier Rynne that we read Sr. Maureen Sullivan’s “Introduction,” and Chapters 1 and 2 of One Hundred and One Questions on Vatican II.

Q and A on Vatican II M Sullivan

I suggest you note 3 things that surprised you in these selections, and/or 3 things that you had not known prior to reading them.

Sr. Sullivan’s Chap. 3 has a good summary of the First Session (Oct. 11-Dec. 8, 1962), including the most important elements of the debate on the liturgy.

Q and A on Vatican II File 2





Pope Francis

Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world when he announced on Feb. 11, 2013 that he would resign as pope on Feb. 28. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergolio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected to succeed Benedict  on March 13, 2013.  He chose the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.  He is the first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit Pope, and the first non-European pope since the 8th century.  His simple living arrangements, his informality, and his emphasis on Christ’s mercy, especially for the poor, have favorably impressed many.  Time Magazine named him Person of the Year for 2013.

Below are links to two  texts, one an interview, and one an apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).  Each in its own way reveals Pope Francis, the person, and his program for the Church. If you have any reactions, comments, or questions that you would like to share, please e-mail them to me at [email protected]

The interview: “A Big Heart Open to God”

Pope Francis Interview 9 2013

The Apostolic Exhortation: This is quite long so it is included chapter by chapter (PDF).

Evangelii Gaudium Introd. + Chap. 1

Evan. Gaud. chap. 2

Evang. Gaud. chap. 3

Evangel. Gaud. chap. 4

Evang. Gaud. Chap. 5

Evan. Gaud. Notes

The New Yorker Magazine recently published a profile of Pope Francis by James Carroll. It contains helpful biographical information.  The Pope receives an overall favorable review.  The profile is an example of the reaction to Francis by a non-Catholic, and non-religious source.  The reader is encouraged to compare and contrast their own views of Francis with Carroll’s profile.

New Yorker profile of Pope Francis

Pope Francis is reported to have begun to reform the Vatican bureaucracy in a New York Times article Jan. 14, 2014

Pope Francis Vatican Reforms NYTimes 1-14-2014